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Beshear: Facebook Breach Impacted 1.3 Million Kentuckians


Kentucky's Attorney General says more than 1.3 million Kentuckians were impacted by a privacy breach at Facebook.

Andy Beshear said he sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking how many Kentucky residents had their personal information shared with a third party without their permission. Beshear said company officials told him it was 1,310,682. That's more than 25 percent of the state's population.

In a news release, Beshear said the number was "alarming."

“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.

“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.”

Beshear sent the letter to Facebook on March 26 along with attorneys general in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. Beshear said the breach impacted 1.6 million users in neighboring Indiana and 557,000 in West Virginia.