Facebook to begin notifying users who may be affected by Cambridge Analytica data breach

Millions of people around the world could be affected by the Facebook data breach.
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Facebook will begin telling its roughly 2.2 billion users on Monday if they were among 87 million individuals who might have had their information shared with the data firm Cambridge Analytica, The New York Times reports.

The social media website has been under intense scrutiny since reports found that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm with ties to President Trump's 2016 campaign, had harvested user information without permission. Millions of people who are potentially affected will get "a detailed message on their news feeds," The Associated Press writes, while all Facebook users will get a message from the company about "Protecting Your Information."

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, has agreed to testify before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees on Tuesday and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday over the "breach of trust."

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