Cambridge Analytica: Facebook says about 271,469 people potentially affected in Nigeria

Facebook Monday revealed the number of users potentially affected by the Cambridge Analytica breach. Last week the social platform said 87 million users were affected by the hack.

Cambridge Analytica had used a personality app developed by Global Science Research (GSR) to harvest the data of users.

In a report released on Monday, Facebook said 78 users in Nigeria installed the app while 271,469 people were potentially impacted in Nigeria (these being friends of those who would have installed the app elsewhere in the world).

A Facebook spokesperson, who spoke on the report said, “We want to encourage people to manage the apps they use. We already show people what apps their accounts are connected to and control what data they’ve permitted those apps to use through app settings. We are putting a link at the top of people’s News Feeds to make sure that everyone sees it. Furthermore, it’s important for us to tell people if and how their data may have been access via This Is Your Digital Life.”

The company added that it was taking numerous measures. One of those being that everyone globally on their Facebook page will see an alert leading them to the apps setting where they can review the apps they’ve allowed to access to their data. Additionally, those potentially impacted by CA will also see the alert which will then take them to see what data might have been shared.

 

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