People walk past the building housing the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London, Britain, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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Facebook Inc. said Tuesday it faced questions from the lead U.S. consumer regulator about how its users' personal data was mined by a political consultancy hired by Donald Trump's campaign.Lawmakers in Europe and the United States have demanded an explanation of how the consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, gained access to the data in 2014 and why Facebook failed to inform its users, raising broader industry questions about consumer privacy.Facebook said Tuesday it had been told by the Federal Trade Commission that it would receive a letter this week with questions about the data acquired by Cambridge Analytica. Facebook says the data were harvested by a British academic, Aleksandr Kogan, who created an app on the platform that was downloaded by 270,000 people, providing access not only to their own personal data but also their friends'.Facebook said it had been told that the data were destroyed.Kogan says Facebook made no objection, but Facebook says it was not informed of the change, CNN reported.
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