FRANKFORT – More than 1.3 million Kentuckians were impacted by an alleged privacy breach by social media network Facebook, according to Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.
Beshear and a group of AGs sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on March 26 asking for the numbers of users impacted by the breach.
According to the information provided to Beshear by Facebook, the approximate number of Kentuckians affected by this breach is 1,310,682.
Facebook this week provided state-by-state numbers to the group of AGs because of their “profound concerns” over recent reports that Facebook users’ personal information was provided without permission to a third party.
“It’s alarming to now know that over a quarter of Kentucky’s population had their Facebook information shared with Cambridge Analytica and other third parties,” Beshear said. “My office will continue to push until we have full and total information on this breach. We expect full cooperation from Facebook on the many questions we have asked.”
Beshear said he will continue to update the public.
On Beshear’s website, Kentuckians may review consumer protection tips including what to do if their personal information has been compromised.
According to Facebook, the total number of users impacted nationwide is more than 70.4 million.
Bordering state attorneys general participating in the March 26 letter to Facebook were Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.
According to data by Facebook, the number of citizens in those states affected by the breach is:
— Illinois – 2.9 million
— Missouri – 1.5 million
— Ohio – 2.9 million
— Tennessee – 1.7 million
— Virginia – 1.7 million
Facebook’s information to Beshear’s office also included data on the number of citizens affected in Indiana (1.6 million) and West Virginia (557,000).