Conn. AG questions Zuckerberg about Cambridge Analytica data

Conn. AG questions Zuckerberg about Cambridge Analytica data
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The Connecticut attorney general is demanding answers from Facebook following reports that the data research firm Cambridge Analytica obtained information on 50 million users without their consent.

"News reports that personal user information from Facebook profiles was provided to third parties without user consent are concerning and raise serious questions about how this happened in the specific situation involving Cambridge Analytica and about Facebook's policies and practices more generally,” Attorney General George Jepsen said in a statement.


“Today, my office has in writing initiated an inquiry asking Facebook to answer a series of questions about this matter.”

Jepsen sent a letter on Monday to Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFacebook touts benefits of personalized ads in new campaign Mellman: White working-class politics Hillicon Valley: Companies urge action at SolarWinds hearing | Facebook lifts Australian news ban | Biden to take action against Russia in 'weeks' MORE with a list of question about the incident involving Cambridge, a firm that did work for the Trump campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The attorney general asked Zuckerberg to detail the effects the data leak had on Connecticut residents and any efforts the company is taking to respond to the incident.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has also announced an investigation.

Cambridge has denied any wrongdoing.

Facebook announced on Friday that it had suspended Cambridge from its platform for violating its data policies. The social media company, which is facing growing scrutiny from lawmakers, says it is launching an investigation.

“We are in the process of conducting a comprehensive internal and external review as we work to determine the accuracy of the claims that the Facebook data in question still exists,” Facebook general counsel Paul Grewal said in a statement. “That is where our focus lies as we remain committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information.”