Facebook scandal: Data from 2.7 million Europeans may have been affected

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The personal data of “up to 2.7 million” European users of Facebook could be transmitted “inappropriately” to the British firm Cambridge Analytica (CA), announced Friday the European Commission, citing a figure that he communicated the social network.

The assessment for Europe is to report to the total number of 87 million Facebook users potentially affected worldwide, revealed Wednesday by the boss of the social network Mark Zuckerberg in person.

In a letter, “Facebook has confirmed to us that the personal data of up to 2.7 million Europeans, or people residing in the EU to be more precise, could have been transmitted to Cambridge Analytica inappropriately”, said a spokesman for the European executive, Christian Wigand.

The mail in question was a response to the European Commission, which last week asked the social network to quickly provide explanations on the scandal related to the company Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook explains “the measures that have been taken since,” said Wigand, adding that the EU executive would “study in detail” the response of the social network.

“But it already appears that further discussions will be necessary,” he added, adding that there would be a “phone call early next week” between the European Commissioner for Justice, Vera Jourova, and the number 2 of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg.

Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, retrieved personal data from Facebook users via a psychological test application.

At the time, the system allowed third-party applications to access not only the data of users who used the application but also those of their friends, explaining the very high number of people potentially affected.

AFP.

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