How To Check if Your Facebook Data Was Shared with Cambridge Analytica

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Ironically the same day Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to give testimony before Congress, Facebook launched a new tool to help check if your data was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

According to MacRumors:

Facebook today launched a new section of its Help Center focusing on user data breaches following the Cambridge Analytica scandal that’s been ongoing for the past few weeks. The updated Help Center tool allows you to check to see if any of your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica (via Matt Navarra).

The tool specifically details whether or not you or any of your friends ever logged into “This Is Your Digital Life,” a quiz app that Cambridge Analytica used to steal information and tailor political messages towards Facebook users. If you or someone you know was affected by the app, Facebook details what information was shared with Cambridge Analytica, including topics like public profile, page likes, birthday, current city, and more.

It’s a lengthy read, but read more below for Zuckerberg’s full testimony, via CNBC.

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Apple Gets Siri-ous By Hiring Google’s AI Chief John Giannandrea

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Apple has just hired John Giannandrea, one of Google’s top AI executives. Giannandrea,  was previously Google’s Head of AI and Search, The New York Times reports.  According to a statement from Apple, Giannandrea will lead Apple’s “machine learning and A.I. strategy,” leading many to believe that the company may finally be upping its efforts to improve on Siri.  He will be one of only 16 executives that report directly to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook.

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Deal Alert – Get Apple’s Leather iPhone X Cases on Sale

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Phone cases can come in all shapes and sizes, and certainly prices, especially when it comes to cases for the iPhone.  Apple’s own offerings generally are more on the premium side, particularly their leather cases, but can also offer great protection.  If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines waiting to change cases, or perhaps just a different color for your iPhone X, Amazon is running a great sale on various leather cases.  Read on for more!

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Under Armour Announces Data Breach of MyFitnessPal

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Lorraine Mirabella, reporting for The Baltimore Sun:

About 150 million users of the MyFitnessPal fitness and nutrition app and website have been affected by a data security breach, the site’s owner, Baltimore-based Under Armour, said Thursday.

The company learned of the breach, which included usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords, four days ago, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The affected data did not include government-issued identifiers, such as Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers, information that the app does not collect from users. The breach also did not affect payment card data, which is collected and processed separately.

The brand began notifying MyFitnessPal users Thursday afternoon, via email and through app messaging.

If anything, just another reminder to make sure you’re keeping up on updating your passwords every so often.

Apple Changing Privacy Controls To Adhere to New European Law

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Bloomberg:

The iPhone maker said it will update its web page for managing Apple IDs in coming months to let users download a copy of all their data stored with the company. The site will also let customers correct personal information, temporarily deactivate their account, and completely delete it. The new privacy controls are designed to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which kicks in May 25, the Cupertino, California-based company said.

While Apple may get chided at times for the lack of features on Siri, or other issues related to their focus on privacy, it seems like with the recent Facebook debacle, their efforts may be paying off.  Or as Tim Cook put it:

The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life — from my own point of view it shouldn’t exist.

In light of the recent Facebook events, what steps have you taken readers to strengthen up your privacy?  Feel free to discuss below!