×

We've got news for you.

Register on BusinessLIVE at no cost to receive newsletters, read exclusive articles & more.
Register now

Facebook has told SA’s information regulator that almost 100,000 people in the country were affected by its data leak — far more than estimated. Last week the information regulator said it would "proactively and voluntarily engage Facebook with regards to the alleged data breach", and that it would ask the company to clarify the extent of the data leak and to state what corrective measures it was taking. This was after the personal information of about 87-million Facebook users – mostly in the US — was misused by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that obtained the data from a personality app. Facebook initially estimated the personal information of 59,777 of its users in SA had been wrongfully shared with Cambridge Analytica. But Facebook’s Ireland-based head of data protection, Yvonne Cunnane, said in a letter to the information regulator on Wednesday that 96,134 people in SA were "potentially affected". That included 13 people who installed the YourDigitalLife app, alon...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now