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How to find out if your information may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica

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MENLO PARK, Calif. - Facebook is making sweeping privacy updates following the Cambridge Analytica scandal and starting next week, you can find out if your data was shared with the embattled data firm.

On Monday, April 9, the social network will add a link to the top of each user's news feed letting them know whether their information may have been "improperly shared" with Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly misused user data obtained through a third-party quiz app. The company, which worked with President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, reportedly used that information to build psychological profiles used to target voters with ads.

According to chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer, Facebook estimates that Cambridge Analytica's practices impacted 87 million users, a figure that has risen several times since news of the scandal first broke. The majority of the impacted users are in the United States.

Cambridge Analytica has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

As part of that April 9 disclosure, Facebook will show users the third-party apps they have authorized to use their information and provide the option to de-authorize apps they no longer wish to have access.

Facebook is also cutting back what information is shared with third parties through Facebook events, groups, and pages as well as updating login, search, and account recovery procedures as they relate to third-party apps.

A full list of changes can be found on Facebook's website.

ABC News contributed to this report.
 

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