How to check if you're among the 1.18 million Filipinos affected by Facebook data breach scandal

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED April 12, 2018 08:57 am | UPDATED April 13, 2018 04:56 pm

(Inside Manila) Facebook has been dealing with a user data breach scandal involving UK-based consulting firm specializing in data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis Cambridge Analytica. The political consulting firm allegedly harvested millions of Facebook users’ data to manipulate people and influence the electoral process of the 2016 US presidential polls.

According to Facebook’s estimates, of the 87 million users affected, the Philippines ranked the second highest (1,175,870) next to the United States (70,632,350).

It turns out that Cambridge Analytica harvested Facebook data through an app called “This Is Your Digital Life.”

To check if you’re among the 1.18 million Filipinos affected by the breach, visit this Facebook support page and log into your account. Look for the “Was My Information Shared?” section, and there you will have your answer.

If you were one of the unlucky people whose data was accessed, Facebook will tell you what was shared and offer suggestions to tighten your account security. But note that your data may have been accessed due to a friend using the "This Is Your Digital Life" app.

Facebook has been consumed by the turmoil for nearly a month, since it came to light that millions of users' personal information were wrongly harvested from the platform. Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg even took questions for nearly five hours in a US Senate hearing in the wake of the privacy scandal at the world's largest social media network.



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