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Facebook Will Notify Those Affected by Data Breach

Facebook Will Notify Those Affected by Data Breach

FACEBOOK will reveal if your data was stolen amid the Cambridge Analytica breach today. "Imagine there are 130 million Facebook users in Indonesia and the government did not know how those data used", he said. It says it engaged a university professor "in good faith" to collect Facebook data in a manner similar to how other third-party app developers have harvested personal information.

Reeling from its worst privacy crisis in history allegations that this Trump-affiliated data mining firm may have used ill-gotten user data to try to influence elections Facebook is in full damage-control mode.

He's set to testify before Congress next week.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie previously estimated that more than 50 million people were compromised by the personality test.

"It could be stored in various parts of the world, including Russia, given the fact that the professor who was managing the data harvesting process was going back and forth between the United Kingdom and to Russia", Wylie said. "Part of the reason that I spoke out was so that this could be looked at", he said.

That Facebook app, called 'This is Your Digital Life, ' was a personality quiz created in 2014 by an academic researcher named Aleksander Kogan, who paid about 270,000 people to take it.

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"I know that Facebook is now starting to take steps to rectify that and start to find out who had access to it and where it could have gone, but ultimately it's not watertight to say that, you know, we can ensure that all the data is gone forever", he said.

Facebook has lost $100 billion of its sharemarket value since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke three weeks ago.

It will have a link to information on which Facebook apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps.

Zuckerberg said Facebook came up with the 87 million figure by calculating the maximum number of friends that users could have had while Kogan's app was compiling data.

"For New Zealand, we estimate a total of 63,724 people may have been impacted - 10 are estimated to have downloaded the quiz app with 63,714 friends possibly impacted", the company said.

They say the tag feature Facebook which helps user tag their friends constantly scans photos for bio metric matches without the image subjects authorisation.


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