EU says up to 2.7mn Europeans affected by Facebook data scandal

Facebook has admitted it may have “improperly shared” the personal data of up to 2.7 million people in the European Union, the bloc announced Friday. The EU wrote to Facebook last week to ask how many Europeans were affected by the growing scandal over the harvesting of personal data which was then shared with British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The EU justice commissioner, Vera Jourova, will speak to Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, early next week to discuss what steps the company is taking to address the breach, AFP reports. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday that around the world as many as 87 million people could be affected by the breach.