Del. Officials: Thousands may have had their personal information exposed through data breach

A recent investigation conducted by several state attorneys generals revealed that over 20% of people in Delaware using Facebook may have had their personal information exposed to numerous third party entities.

According to data released from the social media giant to the Delaware Department of Justice, more than 200,000 people in Delaware may have had their personal data exposed as part of the recently disclosed Facebook data breach.


While conducting the investigation Attorney General Matt Denn, along with other state attorneys generals discovered that Global Science Research, along with Cambridge Analytica and other third parties, may have improperly shared the information of up to 87 million Facebook users worldwide.


Facebook estimated that 902 Delawareans installed the app that Global Science Research used to gain access to the personal information of those users, along with the 200,651 people who were friends with the users on Facebook.


In reference to the Facebook data breach AG Denn said, “This information about Delaware shows why protecting data on social networks is so important. Because of the many connections between people, a relatively small number of people using this app in Delaware, across the country and around the world opened the door to possible access to personal Facebook data of one-fifth of the state’s population. The other attorneys general and I will continue to seek information from Facebook about the breach and about Facebook’s practices in the past and in the future with regards to securing personal data, and will make decisions about the next steps in our investigations. But this episode has already been a wake-up call for many to take a look at what social media has and shares about you.”


Facebook estimates given to the attorneys general showed that approximately 196,00 Facebook users in the United States downloaded the app and that more than 46 million people were friends with those users, potentially exposing their personal information.


Experts suggests users minimize the number of apps that they have installed and click on “Apps and Settings” to see the apps they have installed in order to delete unwanted apps. Outside of Facebook, it is also recommended that people not use the option that many websites or apps offer to log in with their Facebook account, because that login allows data sharing between Facebook and the website or app.


Facebook users can access or download all the information Facebook has stored about them (files are generally very large) by following instructions at this web address.


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