How to Remove Access to Your Facebook Data

How can you make sure your Facebook data doesn't fall into the wrong hands? Check out which apps already have access and remove them!

Facebook has gotten a lot of flack lately because of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. If you aren’t familiar with what went down with that, it basically boils down to a 3rd party app that users allowed to have access to their data. The data came from all those personality tests you wanted to share with your friends, so you clicked “yes” to connect to your Facebook account. The company that created those tests stored your Facebook data, but the point is, you allowed it to happen. Sure you may not have known that is what you were doing, but you clicked yes to give it access to your Facebook profile.

Facebook has decided to make it super easy to figure out which apps have access to your profile, and remove them easily. You might be completely shocked at how many apps there actually are.

It is best to perform this on a desktop. Once you are logged into Facebook, click the arrow at the top right corner of the page to drop down the menu. Click Settings from the drop-down menu, and then select Apps on the left-hand side.

From here you can click the checkmark next to any application you want to deny further access to your Facebook data. Once you have checkmarked all of the apps you want to remove, click the “remove” button at the top of the page.

In the future, as you are taking that personality test, and it asks you to share it on Facebook, think twice before you allow it access to your profile. Is it really worth it to let your friends know that you are a “Rachel” from Friends?


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Sarah Werle Kimmel

Sarah Werle Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 20 years of her career working as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on local NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX news affiliates, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website

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