Data of 2.7 million Europeans ‘improperly shared’: Facebook confirms

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Brussels (Reuters) : On Friday, The EU executive said Facebook has confirmed that the data of 2.7 million EU people were in the middle of those inappropriately used by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The European Commission said it received a letter from the social media giant in the late hours on Thursday and that it would press for more details, piling weight on the firm that has lost more than $100 billion in market value in the last 10 days.

“Facebook confirmed to us that the data of overall up to 2.7 million Europeans or people in the EU to be more precise may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica,” a Commission spokesman said.

“The letter also explains the steps Facebook has taken in response since.”

Many of those people are outside of Europe. A significant number are in developing nations, where the work of Cambridge Analytica partly focused.

EU spokesman Christian Wigand said Friday that EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova will have a telephone call with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg early next week to address the massive data leaks.

 

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