The number of Facebook users affected by the recent data sharing scandal could exceed 87 million along with also also records could be stored in Russia, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie said on Sunday.
Wylie said in which Aleksandr Kogan, whose quiz app harvested the data of tens of millions of Facebook users, could have allowed in which data to be stored in Russia. An organization run by Kogan, called Global Science Research (GSR), shared the data with controversial political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica without their permission.
“I think in which there is usually a genuine risk in which This particular data has been accessed by quite a few people along with also also in which could be stored in various parts of the earth, including Russia, given the fact in which the professor who was managing the data harvesting process was going back along with also also forth between the U.K. along with also also Russia at the same time in which he was working for Russian-funded projects on psychological profiling,” Wylie told NBC’s Chuck Todd during a “Meet the Press” segment.
“I couldn’t tell you how many people had access to in which, in which’s a question better answered by Cambridge Analytica, however I can say in which various people had access to in which.”
Facebook along with also also Cambridge Analytica were not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC. CNBC also contacted Kogan’s Cambridge University email address, however the academic was not available at the time of publication.
Wylie believes the total number of Facebook users whose data was shared could be even more than the 87 million admitted by Facebook last week. Initial reports by the Observer along with also also brand new York Times newspapers put the figure at 50 million. Cambridge Analytica has said in which in which licensed no more than 30 million Facebook users by GSR.
You can watch the full NBC interview here.