3 million in Pa. impacted by Facebook information sharing, AG says

04 May, 2018, 14:18 | Author: Elena Summers
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Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-affiliated data firm at the center of Facebook's worst privacy scandal in history, is declaring bankruptcy and shutting down. It also asked whether the company harvested any data through third-party apps and whether or not mining of such data was done with user consent.

The company's recently appointed CEO Julian Wheatland told staffers that the company had evaluated all options and no longer saw a way forward.

Cambridge Analytica was created around 2013 initially with a focus on United States elections, with $15 million (roughly Rs. 100 crores) in backing from billionaire Republican donor Robert Mercer and a name chosen by future Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon, the New York Times reported.

In a statement Wednesday, Facebook said, "This doesn't change our commitment and determination to understand exactly what happened and make sure it doesn't happen again".

We're starting with a feature that addresses feedback we've heard consistently from people who use Facebook, privacy advocates and regulators: everyone should have more information and control over the data Facebook receives from other websites and apps that use our services. And in any case, the U.K. Information Commissioner says it can take action against individual directors even of a company that's been declared insolvent, Collins added.

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Critics of Cambridge Analytica and the largely unregulated use of personal data for political campaigns said the closing of the company will have little effect on the kinds of abuses that the company is alleged to have committed. Facebook has over 20 crore users in India.

"It's crucial that Facebook and Twitter and any entity that collects data, protects it", he said.

His comments will keep the pressure on bosses including Alexander Nix, former chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, whose answers to parliament Mr Collins considers unsatisfactory. Whichever way you look at it, the sheer amount of data that could have been sourced surpasses the level of current known mass-surveillance techniques used by governments.

The app, a personality survey called "yourdigitallife" built by Aleksandr Kogan, of Cambridge University, collected personal data from users and their Facebook friends, in line with the behaviour of many similar apps at the time.

The ousted Cambridge Analytica's CEO, Alexander Nix was listed as a director of Emerdata in February, until the firm chose to severe ties with him in March. Additionally, parallel bankruptcy proceedings will soon be commenced on behalf of Cambridge Analytica and certain of the Company's U.S. affiliates in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of NY.

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