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Atty. General: Almost 3 million Ky. and Ind. residents affected by alleged Facebook data breach

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly three million residents in Kentucky and Indiana were affected by an alleged privacy breach by social media giant Facebook.

That's according to a release issued Tuesday from the Office of the Attorney General for the state of Kentucky.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear's office says Facebook stated about 1.3 million Kentucky residents and another 1.6 million Indiana residents were affected by the breach.

In March, Beshear and a group of attorneys general from other states sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg requesting information about the number of users affected by the breach.

The breach was associated with "recent reports that Facebook users' personal information was provided without permission to a third party."

"It’s alarming to now know that over a quarter of Kentucky’s population had their Facebook information shared with Cambridge Analytica and other third parties,” Beshear said in the release. “My office will continue to push until we have full and total information on this breach. We expect full cooperation from Facebook on the many questions we have asked.”

According to Facebook, more than 70.4 million people in the U.S. have been impacted by the breach. 

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