Facebook to alert over 40,000 Irish users that their data may have been leaked in Cambridge Analytica scandal 1 year ago

Facebook to alert over 40,000 Irish users that their data may have been leaked in Cambridge Analytica scandal

The alerts will begin rolling out from Monday.

Almost 45,000 Facebook users in Ireland may be receiving alerts from the social media platform on their homepage from Monday 9 April to inform them that their data may have been compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

In a statement to Newstalk last week, Facebook stated:

"Our investigation shows that the people impacted were predominantly in the United States – 97.1% of users who installed the app are understood to have been primarily in the US, while 81.2% of total affected people.

"However, we do know that 15 people in Ireland installed thisisyourdigitallife, and up to 44,687 people in Ireland may have been friends with someone who installed the app, and, therefore, may have been affected."

They will be among the 87 million users were affected by the data sharing, including over 70 million in the US alone.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, all 2.2 billion users will receive a notice on their feeds titled Protecting Your Information, in which there will be a link showing which apps they are using on the Facebook and what information they are sharing by using those apps.

The 87 million users whose data might have been shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a more detailed message informing them of that fact.