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The Cambridge Analytica data breach also harvested people's private Facebook messages

Kristine Garrett | 15 April, 2018, 11:45

Responding to Weekend Argus questions about the data breach, Facebook, which asked that no spokesperson's name be used, said 33 South African users had downloaded the application and "59777 users were potentially impacted in South Africa (these being friends of those who would have installed the app elsewhere in the world)".

The act itself will be voted on this November, seeking to allow consumers to identify the categories of personal information companies collect on them and prevent firms from selling such data or in any way sanctioning users who opt out of data harvesting programs.

But it represents a much more intrusive collection than the page likes, birthdays, locations, and personality traits and so forth which were taken from other profiles.

"A small number of people who logged into This Is Your Digital Life also shared their own news feed, timeline, posts, and messages, which may have included posts and messages from you", Facebook informed affected users earlier this month. He appeared to confirm this in an interview with the New York Times.

Earlier, Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who blew the lid off the Facebook - Cambridge Analytica data breach, has said that he has seen a table from Kogan that included private messages.

Kogan denied handing over the information to Cambridge Analytica for use on any of its campaigns.

Facebook and Britain's Information Commissioner's Office is still investigating the Cambridge Analytica brief. Of course, this one follows on the heels of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's two days of testimony on Capitol Hill in connection with a separate scandal.

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