Beshear: Over 1.3 Million Kentuckians Impacted By Facebook On Reported Misuse Of Users’ Personal Data

Posted at 2:31 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 14:31:08-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that more than 1.3 million Kentuckians have been impacted by an alleged privacy breach by social media network Facebook.

Beshear is one of multiple attorney generals who sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on March 26 asking for the number of users impacted by the breach. Other state attorneys general participating in the March 26 letter to Facebook were Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. 

According to the information provided to Beshear by Facebook, the approximate number of Kentuckians affected by this breach is 1,310,682.Facebook said that the total number of impacted users nationwide is more than 70.4 million.?

A press release from Beshear’s office said that this week, Facebook 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.