Apparently, 87 Million Users Had Their Data Compromised, But So Far Few Have Been Notified As Promised

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Facebook users are supposed to start learning whether or not they are one of the 87 million whose data was compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but so far it doesn’t seem like anyone has received a notification.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Washington D.C. meeting with lawmakers ahead of his testimony before Congress this week, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported Monday.

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Before Zuckerberg’s appearance on Capitol Hill, Larry Kudlow, the White House’s chief economic adviser, took a shot at, well, Zuckerberg’s usual casual appearance.

“Is he going to wear a suit and tie and a clean white shirt? That’s my biggest question. Is he going to behave like an adult, major corporate leader or give me this phony bologna? What is it, hoodies and dungarees?” Kudlow said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference on April 18, 2017 at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Zuckerberg arrived in a suit and tie amid a crush of cameras for closed-door meetings. The top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee met with him for more than an hour.

“My sense is that he takes it seriously because he knows that there is going to be a hard look at regulation,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said.

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Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before two Senate committees on Tuesday and a House panel on Wednesday. A copy of his opening statement has been released. In it, he apologizes and goes on to say, “I’ve directed our teams to invest so much in security — on top of the other investments we’re making — that it will significantly impact our profitability going forward. But I want to be clear about what our priority is: protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits.”

Do you want to know if your Facebook information was compromised by Cambridge Analytica? If it was a notification will appear at the top of your news feed, along with a new button so you can change your privacy settings.

If not, you should see a link that will allow you to manage apps that you logged into with your Facebook account. In many cases these apps can read your online activity. Now you can find out what information they’re sharing.

“Going forward, apps that connect with Facebook can no longer see things like your religious views, your political preferences, your relationship status,” CNet senior editor Bridget Carey said. “It can’t go really deep and even see the videos you like, or the fitness activity that you shared because of what you had on your fitness tracker.”

Even if your information didn’t fall into the hands of Cambridge Analytica, experts say you should change your privacy settings anyway. CBS2’s Gainer didn’t receive either notification on her Facebook page and she then asked around on the site. A lot of viewers told her they haven’t received either as well.

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In the meantime, Facebook has also suspended two more apps in recent days because they may have misused people’s data.