The private information of a considerable number of Facebook users over the globe has perhaps been used to generate political advertising. Political research firm Cambridge Analytica has been reprimanded for mining the data of 50 million Facebook users to construct political publicizing in the midst of the 2016 US election campaign. The Australian Privacy Commissioner is examining whether any personal information of Australians has been secured and whether advance regulatory action is required.
Does it affect me?
When you sign up to social media platforms you agree to the privacy policies of each individual site. Privacy policies govern how your personal information can be used — some social media organisations may share your information, such as email addresses or user preferences, with third party businesses.
How do I stay safe?
It is very important that you take the time to read the privacy policies of each social media platform before you sign up. Privacy policies can also change so it’s a good idea to regularly review the policy and check how much information you reveal in your profile. For more information, please visit: www.staysmartonline.gov.au