2.7 million European users affected by Facebook’s improper sharing of personal data

Posted 06 April 2018 23:43 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

In a letter to the European Commission, Facebook has confirmed that personal data of 2.7 million European Facebook users was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. The social network is currently under fire because data of 87 million Facebook users was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

The data was collected through the app ‘thisisyourdigitallife’. Initially this was collected for scientific research but in the end was shared for commercial purposes with the American data mining company.

The European Commission asked Facebook to share more details on the data collected about European Facebook users. From the 87 million affected users, about 80% are from the United States.  Also large numbers of users from the Philippines, Indonesia and the United Kingdom are affected with around 1 million users in each country.

The ‘thisisyourdigitallife’ app not only collected data from users participating in the scientific research, for which the app was initially designed, but also from the friends of those users. Facebook will offer a tool on the timeline of users next Monday which can used to check whether users have become a victim of the improper data sharing with Cambridge Analytica.

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