This week, technology giant Facebook introduced a new feature that will apprise users whenever they—or someone else—logs in a third-party app or website using their Facebook account.
Called Facebook Notifications, the new Facebook feature was added to Facebook Login — a system which allows users to use their Facebook account to log in third-party apps and websites.
Beginning this week, Facebook users will receive a report in their Facebook app, on the Facebook website, and through email whenever they log in a third-party app or website through the Facebook Login feature.
The notification seeks to help users spot unauthorized access or use of their IDs, but will also help tutor users about the data they’re sharing with these apps.
The software behemoth says it specially designed these notifications to also list the type of data a third-party app or website is garnering from the user’s Facebook account.
The idea is to let users comprehend what data is shared, restrict a third-party app’s access to some of their data, or stop using that app altogether.
“The design and content of the Login Notifications remind users that they have full control over the information they share with 3rd party apps, with a clear path to edit those settings,” said Puxuan Qi, a Software Engineer at Facebook.
To help users take instant action against any exploitation, Facebook has added an ‘Edit’ button to these notifications that will allow users to cancel any app/website’s consent to access their data.
Already live, the feature will continue to be improved by Facebook throughout the year.
This new feature is just the latest development Facebook is introducing to its service after a spate of privacy scandals in the past three years. Several of those events have been triggered by third-party apps that gathered data on Facebook accounts and then misused the data for political movements, inadvertently leaked it online, and mishandled it, in general.