Facebook breach may have affected 1.7 million people in Virginia

Virginia’s Attorney General says up to 20 percent of all state residents may have been impacted by a privacy breach at Facebook.

Mark Herring said Wednesday that Facebook had told his office that 7,100 Virginians had downloaded a third-party app that potentially may have exposed the private information of 1.7 million “friends” on the social network site.

That Facebook app, called "This is Your Digital Life," was a personality quiz created in 2014 by an academic researcher named Aleksander Kogan, who paid about 270,000 people to take it.

The app vacuumed up not just the data of the people who took it, but also — thanks to Facebook's loose restrictions — data from their friends, too, including details that they hadn't intended to share publicly.

Herring sent a letter in March with several other attorneys general asking Facebook for the information. He said Wednesday that the high number of Virginians who may have had their private information shared without permission is “extremely troubling.”

More on the story HERE from ABC-13 WSET. 


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