Tag: Cambridge Analytica

Australia’s Facebook Probe May Take 8 Months

Australia’s Facebook Probe May Take 8 Months

Australia’s acting Information and Privacy Commissioner Rachel Falk informed Senate Estimates this week that it may take her office up to 8 months to complete its investigation into the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. Falk said that while a standard probe into a potential breach or alleged misuse of data does take around that long, the complexities surrounding Facebook’s situation may require more time. The acting OAIC head added that if she or the Commissioner were to find that no breach of privacy had happened, then the matter would be closed.However, if the commissioner does find that there had been a […]

Cambridge Analytica Closes, Re-emerges as Emerdata

Cambridge Analytica Closes, Re-emerges as Emerdata

Earlier this week, embattled UK analytics firm Cambridge Analytica announced that it had shut down its operations and liquidated its business. However, the closure appears to be short-lived as it was revealed that the move was just an excuse for the company to re-brand. According to records at the UK’s official registrar of businesses and organizations, Companies House, there is an active company called Emerdata at the same offices as SCL Elections which is run by the same management and investors as Cambridge Analytica. Founded in 2017, the firm describes itself as a “data processing, hosting and related activities” organization. […]

Aleksandr Kogan: Use of Facebook Data for Trump Campaign Highly Unlikely

Aleksandr Kogan: Use of Facebook Data for Trump Campaign Highly Unlikely

Aleksandr Kogan, the researcher currently at the center of the Facebook privacy scandal, recently said that the data he shared with Cambridge Analytica was highly unlikely to have been used to aid Trump’s 2016 campaign. He added that the Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL, had been under enormous pressure from Facebook to delete the data which had been offered to Ted Cruz’s campaign. Kogan said that it was doubtful that SCL would have risked getting sued by Facebook for a data set which had been rejected by a client. Kogan also clarified that he did not need any special permissions […]

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 […]