Facebook put out a new blog post announcing that the initial estimate of 50 million people that they thought were affected by the Cambridge Analytica breach was, in fact, more like 87 million.
The blog is a rather lengthy and dry read, but in it, Facebooks CTO Mike Schroepfer states:
“In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people—mostly in the US—may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.”
Additionally, Facebook has now also announced that they are changing how they access SMS and call data info. They now intend to delete any of that info older than one year and no longer will they collect the broader info such as the time of the calls.
Schroepher made sure he reiterated their previous statement saying that users had in fact given permission for that data to be collected:
“Call and text history is part of an opt-in feature for people using Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android.”
The data was used to
“surface the people you most frequently connect with at the top of your contact list,”
I am still not convinced about Facebook’s intentions here. The better move would have been to say “you know what? we were wrong to collect this info as we knew damn well you would never read the terms of service, so we have stopped collecting it all together”
I guess one can only dream of such a day.