Missouri News: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt Issues Consumer Alert Regarding Facebook’s Data Management

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) – In light of recent media reports of Facebook storing millions of passwords in plain text, Attorney General Schmitt encourages Missourians to take this opportunity to change and/or strengthen their Facebook passwords.

“These reports of Facebook’s data mismanagement are certainly unsettling, and I want to ensure that Missourians are aware and are taking appropriate steps to secure their information,” said AG Schmitt.  ”Protecting Missourians’ consumer data and privacy is one of the top priorities of this office.  We will continue to monitor the situation moving forward.”

Log into your Facebook account and go to Settings. Select “Security and Login” and scroll down to change your password.  If you used the same password for other online accounts (e.g. online banking) as you did for Facebook, you may consider changing your password for those online accounts as well.

Additionally, you can use the Security and Login page to check when, where, and whether other devices have accessed your account.

This may also be a good time to run the Privacy Checkup to make sure your info is shared only with authorized persons.  On the home page, click on the question mark on the top right and click on the Privacy Checkup in the drop down menu.

If you have complaints or issues with Facebook or other technology platforms, make sure you voice that concern with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office by filing a complaint online.