The press attention into the class action against Facebook & Cambridge Analytica could see a wave of scams being set up to target Facebook users into thinking their data has been compromised in either this instance or in a fake scenario. Such scams could offer assurances of how to join a class action or seek compensation. Remember these types of scams have one main goal and that's to part you from your money. An upfront fee may be requested to check to see if someone has been a 'victim' or a fee/deposit needed to join a fictitious action group.
Ensure you stay one step ahead of any would be scammers and do your research! There are many articles explaining how to check to see if you were affected by the Cambridge Analytica data breach directly through Facebook as well as articles such as this disclosing details of a class action.
Always be cautious of a cold call/email/pop up and always check the legitimacy of any company you believe you are dealing with.
With protecting your personal data being such a hot topic at the moment make sure you protect your wallet too!
British and US lawyers have launched a joint class action against Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and two other companies for allegedly misusing the personal data of more than 71 million people. The lawsuit claims the firms obtained users’ private information from the social media network to develop “political propaganda campaigns” in the UK and the US. Facebook, it is said, may initially have been misled, but failed to act responsibly to protect the data of 1 million British users and 70.6 million people in America. The data, it is suggested, was first used in the British EU referendum and then in the US during the 2016 presidential election. As well as Cambridge Analytica, the two firms named in the legal writ are SCL Group Limited and Global Science Research Limited (GSR).