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Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Says There Were Likely Other Breaches Like Cambridge Analytica

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Says There Were Likely Other Breaches Like Cambridge Analytica

About 310,000 Australian Facebook users are set to find out their personal information may have been accessed by Cambridge Analytica.

"Facebook confirmed to us that the data of overall up to 2.7 million people in the European Union may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica", spokesman Christian Wigand told reporters.

It is now broadening its investigation by joining the B.C. privacy czar's probe of Victoria-based firm AggregateIQ, which began late past year, to determine whether the company broke privacy laws.

Facebook has been in the news recently after United Kingdom company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of millions of their users by way of a questionnaire app.

But she conceded that Facebook "should have" notified users of the breach.

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Facebook will introduce an "unsend" button in Messenger, which would let a user erase an unwanted message from their recipient's inbox, as well as their own, TechCrunch reported April 6.

While such a feature isn't available to any of Facebook Messenger's public users, multiple anonymous sources - including both former employees and non-employees - have confirmed to TechCrunch that chat logs they had with Facebook's top executive are now missing messages from him. "We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages". Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder and CEO, said he now realizes he was overly optimistic, and didn't foresee malicious companies misusing its service in this way. "We thought [the data] had been deleted because they gave us assurances and it wasn't until other people told us it wasn't true but..." Only recently has the social media company taken steps to secure user data.

"This work has not progressed past the planning phase, and we have not received, shared, or analyzed anyone's data", Facebook said in a statement, obtained by The Independent. We started testing the authorisation process this week, and people will begin seeing the label and additional information in the U.S. later this spring, it said.

Perhaps the announcing the unsend feature is a way to soften the severity of deleting messages from users conversations without consent or notice by making it look like they were testing the feature. "Mark (Zuckerberg) is really sorry for that, and what we're doing now is taking really firm action".

Facebook, facing enormous pressure over the scandal, said Friday it had suspended AggregateIQ pending further investigation.


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