Millions Of Facebook Users Had Data Exposed In Newly Discovered Leak

Saul Bowman
May 17, 2018

Facebook had told the body that 2.7 million people in the bloc could have been affected by the data-sharing scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

Although the scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has since collapsed, regulators in the United Kingdom say they are continuing their investigation into the how the company harvested data from millions of Facebook users.

The nameplate of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook's entanglement with Cambridge Analytica violates its 2011 settlement with the us government over another series of privacy mishaps.

The firm, which used psychological profiles to help political campaigns, was tied to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Republican donor Robert Mercer, bought the data from a Cambridge University researcher who originally collected it for a personality-quiz app on Facebook.

The US Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct political data firm embroiled in a scandal over its handling of Facebook Inc user information, the New York Times reported on 15 May.

Cambridge Analytica Data breach scandal
Cambridge Analytica Data breach scandal

Committee chair Damian Collins was in session when the announcement broke and was not immediately available for comment.

The company announced earlier this month it will shut down, and declared bankruptcy.

Wylie's testimony comes as Senate committees are investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Attorney Richard Fields, who is one of many lawyers suing Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, gave an interview to the National Law Journal, in which he said this "this could be the largest data breach in history". Wylie said the company teased political phrases such as then-candidate-and-now President Donald Trump's "drain the swamp", to ascertain voter response.

"Not when I was there", Wylie said. The emails relayed embarrassing information about Hillary Clinton.


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