Data of 620,000 Canadians improperly shared with consulting firm: Facebook

The Canadian Press
Wednesday April 04, 2018
Written by The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Facebook says the data of more than 620,000 Canadians was likely shared improperly with a political consulting company that is at the centre of an international uproar over the use of social-media information for political purposes.

In a statement Wednesday, the social-media giant estimated 622,161 Facebook users in Canada had their data improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica through apps used by themselves or their friends.

Overall, Facebook says 87 million of its users were affected — nearly 82 per cent of them were believed to be located in the United States.

Cambridge Analytica has been accused of using crunch data that was collected without users' authorization to help Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. After word of the breach surfaced last month, Canada's privacy commissioner launched an investigation to determine whether Facebook respected the federal privacy law covering private companies.

Canada's acting minister for democratic institutions has also said he'd be open to strengthening federal privacy laws, which don't currently apply to political parties. To address concerns, Facebook announced new plans Wednesday to restrict data access on the platform and to better protect users' information.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2018

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Subscription Centre

 
New Subscription
 
Already a Subscriber
 
Customer Service
 
View Digital Magazine Renew

Latest Events

Global Security Exchange
September 23-27, 2018
ASIS Canada Night 2018
September 24, 2018
SecTor 2018
October 1-3, 2018
CS@40
October 4, 2018

We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. To find out more, read our Privacy Policy.