The personal data of more than 1 million Filipino Facebook users were affected by the data sharing done by Cambridge Analytica (CA), a British political consulting firm. According to Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, Philippines has the second most number of Facebook users whose data may have been improperly shared.
“In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people — mostly in the US — may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.” Schroepfer wrote on Facebook Newsroom on Wednesday, April 4, showing a graph of the number of Facebook users around the world that have been affected by the CA privacy scandal.
“Given the scale and sophistication of the activity we’ve seen, we believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped in this way”, he added. As you can see in the graph, more than 70 million Facebook users in the US, followed by Philippines with 1.17 million affected users, and Indonesia with 1.09 million affected users.
Among the other countries where personal data of Facebook users may have been improperly shared are United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, India, Brazil, Vietnam and Australia. With the CA scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the as House Energy and Commerce Committee in US Congress on Wednesday, April 11.
Last month, Zuckerberg admitted that there were some errors on the part of Facebook that led to the sharing of personal data of its users. That time, he said there were only 50 million Facebook users around the world that were affected. But last Thursday, the Facebook CEO said that he has not seen a noticeable change in users’ behavior.
For the meantime, Schroepfer mentioned some of the details of the improvement Facebook is now taking. This includes tightening their review process such as requiring the apps to agree to strict requirements before they can access this data. Facebook will also no longer allow apps to ask for access to personal information of its users such as religious or political views, relationship status and details, education and work history.