Cambridge Analytica: Facebook users’ direct messages were collected without permission

So, did anyone reading This Site use the This Is Your Digital Life app on Facebook?

This Writer doesn’t download any third-party applications – at least, not if I can help it – because you just don’t know what they really do with your information and how much they take.

Looks like I was right about that, doesn’t it?

The Guardian story quoted below says it remains unclear whether the information from This Is Your Digital Life was used to target voters with messages designed to influence them at the ballot box.

There’s an easy way to find out, though: Ask.

So, if You were targeted, it is in the public interest that you let the right people know.

The right people are not Cambridge Analytica or anybody associated with the app.

Contact Carole Cadwalladr via The Guardian and let her know what you know.

Aleksandr Kogan collected direct messages sent to and from Facebook users who installed his This Is Your Digital Life app, the Guardian can reveal. It follows Facebook’s admission that the company “may” have handed over the direct messages of some users to the Cambridge Analytica contractor without their express permission. The revelation is the most severe breach of privacy yet in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The social network admitted to the transfer of data in its warning to users whose friends had installed the This Is Your Digital Life app, which harvested data from not only the installer, but also all their friends on the site.

“A small number of people who logged into This Is Your Digital Life also shared their own news feed, timeline, posts and messages, which may have included posts and messages from you,” the company told affected users.

The statement appears to echo previously unreported claims made by Christopher Wylie, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower. Wylie told the Observer that he had seen a table, produced by Kogan, that included private messages. It remains unclear whether GSR, Kogan’s company, or Cambridge Analytica ever used the messages to build any targeting models.

Source: Revealed: Aleksandr Kogan collected Facebook users’ direct messages | News | The Guardian

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