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Facebook is investigating Trump's data operations team for misusing personal information

Facebook is investigating Trump's data operations team for misusing personal information

Facebook has suspended Cambridge Analytica over allegations that it kept improperly obtained user data after telling the social media giant it had been deleted.

Facebook suspended Kogan, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica and one other former employee from the social media platform on Friday, hours ahead of news reports on the extent of the data grab.

Facebook learned of the violation in 2015 and "demanded certification from Kogan and all parties he had given data to that the information has been destroyed".

About 30 million of those profiles, mostly of USA voters, contained enough information to connect them to other data sources and build detailed profiles.

'What we desperately need is for Facebook to finally open up and be as honest and transparent as it can be about the way that their platform was used and manipulated during the USA presidential elections, during Brexit in the U.K.,' Cadwalladr said.

Christopher Wylie, who helped found Cambridge and worked there until late 2014, said of its leaders: "Rules don't matter for them".

Some 270,000 people allowed use of their data by a researcher, who scraped the data of all their friends as well, a move allowed by Facebook until 2015.

She said "any criminal and civil enforcement actions arising from the investigation will be pursued vigorously". Oczkowski described the potential application actionable data scraped from Facebook users as potentially "endless".

On Saturday, Facebook continued to insist that the Cambridge data collection was not a "data breach" because "everyone involved gave their consent" to share their data.




The app is the brainchild of Cambridge-based academic Aleksandr Kogan. That data, or systems trained using it, could still be used to direct campaign efforts by clients. "Cambridge Analytica was supposed to be the arsenal of weapons to fight that culture war".

In a blog post, Facebook explained that Cambridge Analytica had years ago received user data from a Facebook app that purported to be a psychological research tool, though the firm was not authorised to have the information. 'We are clear this is a data breach, and Facebook's denials in the face of it - their claim that it's not a data breach because nobody hacked into their system - well, failing to secure your own data, failing to see how it's being used ... that falls within the definition of a data breach. But the company's "not a breach" argument isn't likely to make users feel any safer or more comfortable doing so - especially given that it's already under fire for missing that Russian actors were purchasing U.S. election ads on the site to sway voter opinions, as well as running fake accounts disguised as real Americans.

Update on March 17, 2018, 9:50 AM: The claim that this is a data breach is completely false.

In a statement, Cambridge Analytica said: 'Cambridge Analytica's commercial and political divisions use social media platforms for outward marketing, delivering data-led and creative content to targeted audiences.

A NY professor filed a legal claim against Cambridge Analytica seeking information on what the data firm learned about him, CNN reported Sunday.

Kogan did not immediately reply to an emailed request for comment.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said he believed some internet companies have grown too fast to digest their responsibilities and obligations. "I'm not saying they lied", said a former Trumpworld staffer shortly after the election, "but for Cambridge Analytica to run victory laps and claim they won the election for Trump is a huge exaggeration. We are suspending SCL/Cambridge Analytica, Wylie and Kogan from Facebook, pending further information".

"They understand behavioural micro-targeting in the context of elections (as per your excellent document/white paper) but they are failing to make the connection between voters and their consumers", he wrote in an email seen by the Observer.

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