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More Than 1 Million Kentucky Facebook Users Impacted by Data Breach

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives a company keynote address in 2008.

Kentucky was one of the states that contacted Facebook requesting information on how many residents have been affected by the recent privacy breach when Cambridge Analytica got access to the personal data of an estimated 87 million people. Now, the state numbers are in.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is reporting that more than 1.3 million people in the state have been impacted by the Facebook data breach.

Beshear was one of a group of attorneys general who sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in March out of concern that personal information was provided without permission to Cambridge Analytica. The political data firm was hired by President Trump’s 2016 election campaign and gained access to millions of Facebook users information, reportedly to influence their voting behavior.

In Indiana, 1.6 million residents were impacted. In Tennessee, 1.7 million residents were affected by the Facebook data breach. 

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