Facebook privacy scandal: UK Judge grants search warrant for Cambridge Analytica offices

Pauline Obrien
March 25, 2018

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Here's a look at the scandal and what it means.

Kogan was able to harvest the personal data of 50 million Facebook users and subsequently sold it to research firm Cambridge Analytica. "I think it's changed people's perceptions".

The whistleblower who launched the scandal, Christopher Wylie, formerly of Cambridge Analytica, said on Twitter he had accepted invitations to testify before U.S. and United Kingdom lawmakers. But, this does not imply that your Facebook account can be hacked or is secure.

He said: "The requirement for data security is becoming paramount and certainly regulators across the region are aware of the issues".

Issuing a warning to the Guardian Media Group ahead of its publication of an exposé of mass Facebook data harvesting was not the wisest move, one of the social networking giant's senior executives has said.

These included making people more aware of the ways that their Facebook data is handled, and putting stricter controls on the access app developers get to your private info.

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"They were just throwing jargon around." he told the paper, adding that the firm also claimed it did top secret work for the military.

He expressed regret for building a platform API that was vulnerable to abuse of the kind committed by Cambridge Analytica. However, Mercer ended up partnering with SCL's elections director Alex Nix to create Cambridge Analytica which used SCL's dataset and the lessons it learned in the Cuccinelli race to tweak its model.

It's just not a question that Facebook seems to want to address.

Cambridge Analytica was backed by the conservative billionaire Richard Mercer, a hedge-fund manager who supported the Trump campaign.

The data breach stemmed from a survey that a Cambridge University scholar put up online.

"It's important for Americans", Rubio said. He claims the slogans they developed later became the catchphrases of the Trump campaign, including "drain the swamp" and "build the wall".

But Luke Thompson, vice president for politics and advocacy at the GOP analytics firm Applecart, says anyone who would actually buy into Cambridge Analytica's promises did so based on "ludicrous assumptions and leaps of faith".

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Facebook once provided data on every new friendship on its social network in 2011 to an academic at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The scandal has raised serious privacy concerns among its users and fears among investors that Facebook could be facing an increase in regulatory scrutiny. If you haven't used an app in three months, its access will automatically be removed. Lawsuits from shareholders and Facebook users have also been filed.

The hashtag #DeleteFacebook was trending on Twitter in wake of the news. Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook four years ago for $19 billion, has joined the cause.

Whether that is because they did not care to do so, or because they were not capable of doing so, the result is the same: They can not be trusted.

Those measures, announced Wednesday by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, mostly involve new limits on what Facebook apps can do with the user data they collect. He followed up with rare media appearances where he apologized for a breach of trust.

The Information Commission is responsible for regulating compliance with the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act. That came too late to stop Cambridge.

Numerous politicians in both the USA and United Kingdom have called on Zuckerberg to testify about the company's data practices. It has also suspended the access of Kogan and Wylie, as well as Cambridge's parent company, SCL.

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