Facebook has improved their privacy settings to make it easier for people to remove their third-party apps in bulk. In the past, many people have given permissions to apps without knowing what access to their personal Facebook data that they are giving. The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal has changed that, and people are more aware of what information they are sharing, and who they are sharing it with. Plus, Facebook has made improvements so it won’t take forever to remove apps.
Here is how to see what third-party apps have access to your Facebook data:
1. Log in to your Facebook account and click here or follow steps 2 and 3 below.
2. Click on the blue triangle in the upper right-hand corner of your navigation bar.
3. Click on settings, then “Apps and Websites”.
Review Active, Expired, and Removed Apps:
–Active Apps currently have access to your data. You gave them permission to access your Facebook data but you can remove apps you no longer want. You will be able to see all the apps you have granted permission to view your Facebook data since 2015. Review each app and decide if you want to remove them. You can click on “View and Edit” to see what permissions and access the third party app has. To remove permissions, just check mark the box by the app, and click remove.
–Expired Apps are apps you haven’t used in 90 days or more. They previously had access to your data but additional requests for data has expired. These can be permanently removed if you wish by checking the box by the app, and clicking “Remove”.
-Removed Apps were granted access in the past. They were able to access the information you previously shared but can’t make additional requests for information since you removed them.
Revoking permission will not give that app access to your Facebook page anymore. However, it does not remove current data that the app may have on file for you. To request that the app or game remove the data they have on file about you, you will need to contact them directly.
Data, privacy, and permissions should be top-of-mind for all marketers. Find out more about what is happening with Facebook Ad permissions and the GDPR in our latest blog posts – read Who is using your data to market to you on Facebook? and New law commands attention to all marketing best practices.