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03/19/2018

Statement from Attorney General Jepsen on Facebook, Cambridge Analytica Reports

 

Attorney General George Jepsen today issued the following statement on public reports that personal information from as many as 50 million Facebook profiles was provided to one or more private entities without users' knowledge or 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. Today, my office has in writing initiated an inquiry asking Facebook to answer a series of questions about this matter. While we cannot comment further at this time, Connecticut residents should know that my office takes privacy matters very seriously, and we will move as quickly as we responsibly can to get to the bottom of this situation."

Please click here to view a copy of the letter sent to Facebook today.

Assistant Attorneys General Michael Wertheimer, Michele Lucan and Jeremy Pearlman, head of the Privacy and Data Security Department, are assisting the Attorney General with this matter.

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