Facebook Datagate: the social contatter the 87 million users involved (214 thousand Italians). The message will reveal which users have undergone illegal collection of personal information by Cambridge Analytica
Facebook Datagate: the 87 million Facebook users worldwide will soon find out if their details have been shared with Cambridge Analytica in one of the biggest data breaches on the social network.
Facebook Datagate, the 87 million users involved will be contacted and notified
The company said interested users will receive a detailed message on their news feeds. Most of those whose information was shared with the data analysis company – about 70 million – are in the United States, but there are also notable cases in Europe.
Apparently, more than 200,000 Italian accounts have been affected by the illegitimate violation and over 1 million UK accounts.
Facebook Datagate: announcements to all 2.2 billion users
All 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice entitled "Information Protection" with a link to see which apps they use and what information was shared with those apps. They will be able to close the apps individually or disable third-party access.
The choice of Facebook derives directly from the scandals related to Cambridge Analytica, revealed by the Observer, which made public some days ago that Cambridge Analytica, which worked with Donald Trump's electoral team, acquired data from millions of citizen profiles US and used the data to build a software program to predict and influence voters.
Facebook Datagate the data collected
Facebook discovered that the information had been collected at the end of 2015, but did not, at the time, notify the users involved.
The information was collected through an app called thisisyourdigitallife, created by academic researcher Aleksandr Kogan of Cambridge University in collaboration with Cambridge Analytica.
Hundreds of thousands of users were paid to take a personality test and agreed to collect their data. The app also collected information about the friends of the participants.
Facebook Datagate "my fault," said Mark Zuckerberg
The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, who testified before Congress this week, acknowledged having committed a "huge mistake" in failing to give a sufficiently broad view of the company's responsibilities.
The Cambridge Analytica informant, Christopher Wylie, had previously estimated that over 50 million people had been compromised by the personality test.
Facebook Datagate: "so we took advantage of user data"
In an interview broadcast on Sunday Meet the Press of NBC, Wylie stated that the real number could even be over 87 million. He said: "I know that Facebook is starting to take steps to correct things and start to find out who has accessed and where it might have gone, but in the end it is not a big deal to say that all the data is gone forever." Last month, he told the Observer: "We exploited Facebook to collect millions of profiles of people and we built models to exploit what we knew about them and hit their inner demons. This is the basis on which the entire company was built ".
Facebook Datagate: the calculation of the users involved
Zuckerberg said that Facebook has reached la figure of 87 million users involved by calculating the maximum number of friends that users could have had at a given time while the Kogan app was collecting data.
Cambridge Analytica he insisted last week that he had information of only 30 million Facebook users.