A political consulting firm that worked for the Trump campaign and came under fire for its use of personal information to target campaign ads obtained the Facebook data of nearly 3 million Pennsylvanians, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.
Shapiro said Facebook provided the estimate in response to demand from the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office and 40 other state attorneys general investigating the release of personal Facebook data to Cambridge Analytica and other companies. Facebook said it shared data from more than 70 million U.S. users with third-party software developers.
“Nearly a quarter of the commonwealth residents — 22 percent — had their personal data compromised by Facebook’s privacy breach. Social media users don’t expect to have their information given to third-party developers without their knowledge,” Shapiro said in a statement Thursday. He urged Facebook and other social media platforms to safeguard information provided by users.
According to a news release from his office, Shapiro is leading the coalition of attorneys general demanding information from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company’s business practices and privacy protections.
Facebook’s policies allowed third parities including Cambridge Analytica to access the personal information of users who engaged with certain applications without consent. One app, called ThisIsYourDigitalLife, collected data of not only users, but also of their Facebook friends. Facebook said Cambridge Analytica had access to that data as it created profiles of voters to determine what types of political messages would appeal to them.
The tactics of Cambridge Analytica — whose former vice president, Republican strategist Steve Bannon, later worked for Trump’s campaign and in the White House — first came to light in March.
Since then, Zuckerberg has pledge to improve security and crack down on companies that mine Facebook for information users. Cambridge Analytica announced Tuesday that it would cease operations and declare bankruptcy in the United States and United Kingdom after losing customers because of the revelation.
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