Cambridge Analytica has shut down in Early May. However, even after the closure of the firm, Facebook is still answering the questions regarding the data that the social media giant did (or didn’t) hand over to the company. During a hearing with lawmakers from the European Union today, two executives from Facebook said that to the best of their knowledge, no information of users from the European Union had been shared with Cambridge Analytica.
According to Bloomberg, Facebook could not be able to conclusively say so, as the company still needs to administer an internal audit, which they will perform after the privacy watchdog of the United Kingdom finishes its own investigation. However, based on the analysis of the company and the testimony by the researcher named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan who handed the user data over to Cambridge Analytica in the first place, the early conclusion of Facebook is that no information of the European users was included. That is primarily because the company only wanted the data of American Facebook members to analyze for the political campaigns in the United States of America.
Previously, Facebook had notified approximately 2.7 million of their European users that their data might have been accessed by the app of Kogan anyway, and reportedly, the lawmakers of the European Union who were present at the said hearing were frustrated with the flip-flopping of the social platform. This was the second in a series of scheduled hearings over the said issue; Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, is planning to attend the next one that is scheduled on the 2nd of July.