Facebook provided information after Attorney General sent letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Beshear and a group of AGs sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on March 26 asking for the number 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.
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“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 impacted users 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.
Other Privacy Measure
In September, Beshear joined with other attorneys general to send a letter demanding that Equifax take immediate steps to strengthen customer protections and improve services to the nearly 143 million people impacted by its massive data breach.
The Data Acquisition and Technology Accountability and Security Act aims to chip away at Kentucky’s consumer protection laws that provide Kentuckians data security protections, Beshear said.
Beshear said the proposed federal legislation would severely affect the ability of states to obtain consumer data security protections in settlements with companies.
For instance, Beshear’s office joined multistate settlements in 2016 and 2017 against Target, Adobe and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, requiring those companies to maintain data security protections affecting thousands of Kentuckians.