In Brazil, Federal prosecutors announced that they are investigating to determine if Cambridge Analytica illegally used the profiles of millions of Latin America’s biggest country’s Facebook users.
Prosecutors said the investigation was prompted by reports that the London-based political consulting firm had access to the personal information of 50 million Facebook users in the United States and could create voter personality profiles.
Prosecutors in a statement said, they want to find out if Cambridge Analytica, in partnership with local consultancy A Ponte Estrategia Planejamento e Pesquisa, also did the same thing in Brazil before the country’s October elections.
The Brazilian company said in a statement that it was never involved in the creation of such profiles and ended its relationship with Cambridge Analytica earlier this month.
According to Statista, a Hamburg, Germany-based data and statistical company, Brazil has the world’s third largest number of Facebook users as of January 2018.
With 130 million Facebook users, Brazil comes behind India with 250 million and the United States with 230 million.