What’s been going on:
- An app developer accessed Facebook users’ data by building a personality quiz that required participants to grant the app access to a wide range of personal data about themselves and their Facebook friends
- This developer then gave the information to Cambridge Analytica, who lied about deleting the files and continued to use the data for their own intentions
- As a result of this revealed misuse and backlash, Facebook has begun enacting more controls on data usage and is currently reviewing privacy policies as well as app access to data
- Companies that provide 3rd party data (Oracle, Axiom, etc.)
- Brands that implement 3rd party data targeting via Facebook’s Partner Categories within their marketing campaigns
- The general public, which might have a lower level of trust in digital data
At Funderful, we believe that the increased scrutiny of Facebook’s data usage will ultimately benefit both users and marketers alike, making it an even safer place for them to communicate. To protect your personal data privacy, we do recommend that Facebook users review what access they have granted in their App and Website settings (found here) to remove any apps that they no longer use. We understand that this story, and Facebook’s response to it, is complicated and rapidly changing.
Our team is committed to continue monitoring the situation and ensure that our clients’ campaigns will continue to abide by Facebook’s policies and best practices as the platform strives to renew the public’s trust.