Facebook’s CEO wasn’t safe from Cambridge Analytica’s massive data theft.
Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Mark Zuckerberg has something in common with 87 million Facebook users: his data was stolen too.
The Facebook CEO revealed during a House committee hearing on Tuesday that his data was also sold to Cambridge Analytica, among other analytics firms who also had access to the information. Facebook discovered that Cambridge Analytica had access to 87 million people’s data after Aleksandr Kogan, a lecturer at Cambridge University, sold the firm information stolen from an app called “thisisyourdigitallife.”
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The app, disguised as a personality test, didn’t just take data from people who took the quiz, but also from friends connected with the duped victims.
“Was your data included in the data sold to malicious third parties?,” House representative Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, asked. “Your personal data.”
“Yes,” Zuckerberg answered in a prompt response, without further explanation on what was taken from his profile. It’s unclear if Zuckerberg took the quiz himself or if one of his friends was affected.
On Tuesday, Facebook rolled out a tool for people to check if their information was caught in the data theft. Cambridge Analytica wasn’t the only firm that Kogan sold the data to, as Zuckerberg noted on Tuesday’s hearing with the Senate that other companies also have access to it.