50 Million Facebook Profiles Harvested for Cambridge Analytica in Major Data Breach

Posted by Megalith 11:20 AM (CDT)

Sunday March 18, 2018

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie has revealed that data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica is responsible for harvesting millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, which allowed the company to build a program that could predict and influence their choices. Facebook allegedly knew about the practice for two years but did nothing.

Documents seen by the Observer, and confirmed by a Facebook statement, show that by late 2015 the company had found out that information had been harvested on an unprecedented scale. However, at the time it failed to alert users and took only limited steps to recover and secure the private information of more than 50 million individuals.