Government issues notice to Cambridge Analytica in Facebook data breach case

Virginia Carson
March 24, 2018

And in a contrite message to victims and those planning to delete their profiles he said: "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you".

What Zuck said: The CEO then went on a media offensive, giving interviews to CNN, the New York Times, Wired, and Recode.

Facebook spent the week trying to explain what happened, and Zuckerberg finally did a press tour Wednesday apologizing and trying to smooth over concerns that the social network can no longer be trusted.

On Friday, the UK's High Court granted a warrant to enforcement officers working for the country's information commissioner to conduct a search at Cambridge Analytica's London headquarters. "So we need to make sure that we up our game", he said. Although, Facebook doesn't call it a breach in quite the literal sense, it can't be argued that user data was compromised.

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"In the wake of recent data theft from Facebook, let my stern warning be heard across the Atlantic, far away in California".

Cambridge Analytica, best known for working on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, is at the center of an global storm over privacy and political manipulation.

Facebook has two types of databases of user content, according to Paul-Olivier Dehaye, co-founder of PersonalData.IO, a service that helps consumers track their data.

Zuckerberg said some changes were made by Facebook in 2014 that addressed "abusive apps", and that "these actions would prevent any app like (the one linked to Cambridge Analytica) from being able to access so much data today". To this Zuckerberg said, "I don't think we've seen a meaningful number of people act on that, but, you know, it's not good".

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Not only that, but United States and European data regulators - most notably the Information Commissioner's Office in the United Kingdom, which has had Facebook's own auditors step aside in order to conduct a thorough investigation of Cambridge Analytica's servers - are on the case.

In his interview with CNN, Zuckerberg seemed to echo numerous same talking points, stating at the start of the interview "This was a major breach of trust, and I'm really sorry that this happened".

Mozilla says that it is not happy to financially support a platform that does not do enough to protect user privacy.

Meanwhile, the company has lost billions in value, all coming down to the fact that the public's trust in Facebook has been eroded, perhaps beyond fix. Bans will also be handed out to the developers who are found misusing personal data.

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Zuckerberg's assertion that he might not have the best overview of the situation is somewhat surprising.

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