Cambridge has been largely funded by Robert Mercer, the wealthy Republican donor, and Stephen Bannon, pictured.
Facebook has now suspended Strategic Communication Laboratories/Cambridge Analytica from its platform. The information others can hand over on your behalf is limited, but still includes data such as your date of birth, religious and political views, and activities, interests and things you like.
Facebook is running out of eyes to blacken in the wake of revelations over the weekend that Trump-affiliated data firm Cambridge Analytica harvested information from 50 million Facebook accounts without permission. John Mulholland, The Observer’s outgoing editor, discloses the lawsuit threat in a Friday tweet. I must emphatically state that Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called “honeytraps”, and nor does it use untrue material for any goal.
The firm said none of that data was used in its 2016 election work for the “avoidance of doubt”. And he pressed the company to detail whether it had or would notify any of the 50 million whose personal information landed in the hands of Cambridge Analytica. Stamos tweeted several times Saturday regarding the Cambridge news, though he later deleted those posts.
In a statement it said that: “In 2014 we received Facebook data and derivatives of Facebook data from another company, GSR, that we engaged in good faith to legally supply data for research”. If CA and SCL had tech that was able to collect all your data, and data about your friends, then that’s because how the Facebook apps game worked.
Wylie, who is seen as a major whistleblower in this still-unfolding saga, is speaking out to various outlets about the problem in the hopes of illuminating the public – particularly Facebook users – about the usage of their personal data and politics.
Kogan, who still works for Cambridge University, now runs an online survey company.
Alexander Nix, chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, was questioned by a Parliamentary committee last month about using data to target messages. Facebook has said that it did not violated the 2011 consent decree.
Ricci says marketers are already using similar profiling techniques to sell products and services. Notably, it won’t remove any of your data from Facebook’s servers, and your account lies dormant hoping you will change your mind.
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is facing calls from U.S. and European politicians to explain how a consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump’s election campaign gained improper access to data on 50 million Facebook users.
The UK’s Information Commissioner said it would consider the information about the data grab as part of a larger probe into whether data culled from social media had been abused in British elections. Tajani, who is president of the European Union parliament, hasn’t provided details.
With regard to the data downloaded by Spectre and his company, has Facebook made any attempt to identify the 50 million users impacted and inform those users that their information was collected and misused?
Facebook shares sank $13.43 in midday trading, putting the stock on pace for its biggest one-day fall since August 2012 and dragging down the rest of the technology sector, with fears rising of increased government regulation. Google’s parent company Alphabet fell 3.5 percent and Twitter lost 3.1 percent. Today, the website has billions of users worldwide – with 1.4 billion active daily – and in America, Facebook is the most widely used social media platform, according to the Pew Research Center.