“Was this information helpful?”
Here is what Facebook told me:
“Based on our investigation, you don't appear to have logged into ‘This Is Your Digital Life’ with Facebook before we removed it from our platform in 2015.
However, a friend of yours did log in.
As a result, the following information was likely shared with ‘This Is Your Digital Life’:
Your public profile, Page likes, birthday and current city . . . .”
(All emphasis added, bold and italic.)
Then came the paragraph already quoted in the article, innocuously mentioning the breathtaking range of additional information of mine that may have been shared by one or more of my Facebook friends.
As the article mentions, this Facebook page/tool tells users what categories of information might have been shared, but does not identify which specific items of information actually were.
Nor does it identify who among my several-hundred Facebook friends actually gave “This Is Your Digital Life” permission to access my information.
And then came the question in my subject line, “Was this information helpful?”
After checking “No”, being further asked “What went wrong?”, and then checking “Other”, I filled in the optional comment box as follows:
“It’s not nearly enough. It doesn’t tell me precisely WHAT information of mine was shared without MY permission, and neither does it tell me WHICH (jackass) friend(s) of mine gave permission on my behalf to Cambridge Analytica and ‘This Is Your Digital Life’ to help themselves to MY personal information. I would like to know which thoughtful soul(s) to thank.
And after what he/she/they did, I certainly don’t think you can claim that identifying him/her/them to me could in any way violate his/her/their privacy!
So I would like to be told considerably more, and I think you owe it to me.”