Washington: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg today told lawmakers that his personal data was also harvested and sold by Cambridge Analytica, a British firm accused of stealing personal data and using it for political purposes in the US presidential elections.
During testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the wake of a data privacy scandal by Cambridge Analytica (CA), Zuckerberg was asked if his personal data was included in the information sold to the 'malicious third parties' to which he replied 'yes'.Cambridge Analytica compromised personal information of approximately 87 million users, half a million of whom were from India.
The Americans are concerned about how Facebook protects and profits from its users' data, lawmakers said. Beginning this Monday, Facebook has started to notify those users whose data have been breached.
Responding to a volley of questions, Zuckerberg said it is going to take some time to work through all the changes it needs to make.'But I am committed to getting this right, and that includes the basic responsibility of protecting people's information, which we failed to do with Cambridge Analytica,' he said.