Around 45,000 Irish People May Have Been Affected By Facebook Data Breach

Around 45,000 Irish People May Have Been Affected By Facebook Data Breach
Andrew Lowth
Andrew Lowth

5 Apr 2018

It's emerged that just under 45,000 Irish people may have been affected by the recent data breach involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.

It's after the social media site admitted that 87 million people worldwide may have had their data shared, which is up from the previous estimate of 50 million.

Cambridge Analytica has been accused of harvesting details though a personality test on the site.

It's thought only 15 people in Ireland actually installed the 'thisisyourdigitallife' test, but it may impact on users who are friends with those people.

Here, we've received a statement from Facebook, in which they said:

"Our investigation shows that the people impacted were predominantly in the United States – 97.1% of users who installed the app are understood to have been primarily in the US, while 81.2% of total affected people.

"However, we do know that 15 people in Ireland installed thisisyourdigitallife, and up to 44,687 people in Ireland may have been friends with someone who installed the app, and, therefore, may have been affected."