Tag: Cambridge Analytica

Facebook Apologizes to Indonesian MPs in 5-Hour Grilling Session

Facebook Apologizes to Indonesian MPs in 5-Hour Grilling Session

Last Tuesday, Facebook’s head of public policy in Indonesia Ruben Hattari issued an apology to members of the Indonesian Parliament in a five-hour session where he and other Facebook officials were questioned on issues such as personal data misuse and oversight of content by the US tech giant. Indonesia is one of the countries with the most number of Facebook users. In the session, Facebook said that 1,096,666 users in Indonesia may have had their data scraped by Cambridge Analytica, which is 1.26% of the global total. However, the MPs still threw hard questions, with PDIP MP Evita Nursanty asking […]

Duterte Denies Working with Cambridge Analytica in 2016 Campaign

Duterte Denies Working with Cambridge Analytica in 2016 Campaign

Speaking in Davao City last Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that his campaign team did not work with Cambridge Analytica and added that he would have lost if he did team up with them. Duterte won in a landslide victory with 6.6 million more votes than his closest rival, Mar Roxas. However, a photo from 2015 recently surfaced, showing his campaign team sharing a meal with Cambridge Analytica Chief Executive Officer Alexander Nix. The Philippines is one of the top countries hit by the Facebook breach involving Cambridge Analytica, and it is estimated that 1.2 million Filipino users had their […]

Zuckerberg Testifies Before US Congress Over Privacy Scandal

Zuckerberg Testifies Before US Congress Over Privacy Scandal

Media sources have said that Mark Zuckerberg met with US lawmakers last Monday, a day before he is scheduled to give his testimony on the misuse of Facebook user data by political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. According to aides, Zuckerberg will be talking at Capitol Hill with politicians from the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee, and U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, both of which he will be testifying before this week. The Facebook CEO had recently taken responsibility for the mishap and is expected to acknowledge the company’s failure to understand the extent of the problem caused by […]

Zuckerberg to Testify Before US House Panel Next Week

Zuckerberg to Testify Before US House Panel Next Week

It was announced last Wednesday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11 over the misuse of Facebook user data by a political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook said that it had already shut down the accounts of Cambridge Analytica and its parent company and is investigating whether the firm still has the data. However, governments are still pressuring the social network to do more to protect user privacy and misinformation on its platform. It is said that Zuckerberg is also being invited to appear by two other […]

Whistleblower Revealed Cambridge Analytica Shady Links to Indian Politics

Whistleblower Revealed Cambridge Analytica Shady Links to Indian Politics

Facebook privacy scandal whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed this week that embattled analytics firm Cambridge Analytica had ties in Indian politics which were deeper than what was previously known. Wylie told the UK Parliamentary committee for digital, culture, media and sports that India’s Congress had been a client of Cambridge Analytica and he would be able to provide documents to back his statements. However, Congress denied any involvement with the UK firm. Another related connection was revealed by IT expert Paul-Olivier Dehaye who said that Wylie’s predecessor at the firm had been playing a double agent, working for Congress but also […]

Breach Exposes Cambridge Analytica’s Tools, Ties

Breach Exposes Cambridge Analytica’s Tools, Ties

Security researchers from UpGuard claimed to have discovered this week an unsecured code repository belonging to a Canadian political data firm which had exposed ties to Cambridge Analytica, the embattled analytics firm at the center of Facebook’s privacy scandal. According to UpGuard’s Chris Vickery, the data warehouse owned by AggregateIQ (AIQ) revealed numerous apps, data management programs, databases, and ad trackers that could have been used to target and influence users. Information from the repository also showed that AIQ had built a software for Cambridge Analytica named Ripon, which was supposedly used for Ted Cruz’s 2016 GOP campaign.    Source: […]

Australian Ethical Fund Removes Facebook After Privacy Scandal

Australian Ethical Fund Removes Facebook After Privacy Scandal

It was revealed last Friday that BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders Exchange Traded Fund (ETHI) has removed Facebook from its roster, according to its Responsible Investment Committee. In its official statement, the Australia-based fund manager said that Facebook had been involved in a number of controversies and reputational issues, focusing particularly on the recent privacy issue involving British firm Cambridge Analytica which misused the personal data of around 50 million Facebook users without their consent. ETHI, which manages around $170 in funds, said that Facebook comprised 3.9% of its portfolio. The social network had already lost $50 billion of its value […]

WhatsApp Co-Founder Starts #DeleteFacebook Twitter Campaign

WhatsApp Co-Founder Starts #DeleteFacebook Twitter Campaign

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton sent out a terse tweet last Tuesday which called for a boycott of Facebook. In his tweet, Acton simply wrote “It is time.” with the hashtag “#deletefacebook”. It is believed that the remark was in relation to the privacy fiasco involving Cambridge Analytica, a London-based analytics firm which had apparently scraped Facebook for data of around 50 million users, and used it to influence the outcome of the 2016 US elections. Investigations against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are now being initiated by authorities in Europe and US after the issue was revealed by whistleblower Christopher Wylie. […]

India Website of Cambridge Analytica Taken Down

India Website of Cambridge Analytica Taken Down

The local website of Cambridge Analytica, the London-based analytics firm currently embroiled in a privacy scandal with Facebook, has reportedly been taken down this week. The company is said to be working with major political parties in India. Cambridge Analytica is currently being accused of harvesting the Facebook data of 50 million users and using it to influence the 2016 US elections. India’s IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that he had received a number of reports on the involvement of the firm with Congress, and warned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that he may be summoned if it is found […]

UK Probes Facebook, Raids Cambridge Analytica

UK Probes Facebook, Raids Cambridge Analytica

Earlier this week, head of Britain’s Information Commission Elizabeth Denham revealed that her office is investigating whether Facebook had acted robustly to protect its user’s data after a consultancy firm had improperly accessed the information of over 50 million individuals on the platform for US president Donald Trump’s campaign. Denham said that they are seeking a warrant to search the offices of Cambridge Analytica, who received the Facebook data gathered using an app created by British academic Aleksandr Kogan. The app, which was downloaded by around 270,000 people also accessed the data of the user’s Facebook friends. Facebook said in […]