Up to 87 million affected in Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, Facebook says

Todd Singleton
April 5, 2018

Facebook says as many as 87 million people may have had their data accessed in the Cambridge Analytica scandal - an increase from the 50 million disclosed in published reports.

On Tuesday, Facebook announced it had removed hundreds of accounts and pages associated with the Russia-based Internet Research Agency that included fake activist and political posts in the 2016 US election campaign.

For instance, starting immediately, Facebook said it will need to approve all apps that request access to personal information such as check-ins, likes, photos, posts, videos, events, and groups.

You could read Schreopfer's full blog message here titled "An Update on Our Plans to Restrict Data Access on Facebook". But participants unknowingly gave researchers access to the profiles of their Facebook friends, allowing them to collect data from millions more users. Facebook says most of the affected users are in the U.S.

While Facebook has beefed up its privacy practices in recent years, Zuckerberg has not committed to providing the protections of the European General Data Protection regulations-widely seen as the strictest in the world-to users outside of Europe.

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Zuckerberg is also doing a conference call with reporters Wednesday at 4 p.m. The previous policy did not mention call logs or text histories.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify on Capitol Hill on April 11 before the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, to answer questions about how the company protects its users' data.

In an announcement Wednesday, Reps.

The catalyst for the hearings is how Facebook data was obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a data firm hired by Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 election.

"This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online", said Chairman Greg Walden of OR, in a joint statement with ranking panel Democrat Frank Pallone of New Jersey. Walden and Pallone said a day later that as Facebook's top executive, Zuckerberg is indeed the "right witness to provide answers to the American people".

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