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Facebook to notify on Cambridge Analytica data misuse Monday

April 9, 2018

File - This Jan. 17, 2017, file photo shows a Facebook logo being displayed in a start-up companies gathering at Paris' Station F, in Paris. Facebook is on the offensive to try to contain swirling concerns about how it protects the data of its 2.2 billion members. As CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to face Congress on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, and the company rolls out new privacy rules, the social media juggernaut is facing the most serious challenge in its 14-year-history and seeking to maintain people’s trust and avoid a user exodus.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook will begin alerting users whose private data may have been compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal starting Monday.

All 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their feeds titled “Protecting Your Information.” It will have a link to information on which Facebook apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps.

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

The political data-mining firm allegedly used ill-gotten Facebook user data in its efforts to sway elections. Cambridge Analytica says it only ever received data on 30 million users.

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