Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Dept. investigating Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower warns of 'new Cold War' online Zuckerberg agrees to face EU Parliament over Facebook data use
Delores Daniels | 17 May, 2018, 00:33

Mr Archibong said where evidence of data misuse is found, Facebook will ban the apps involved and notify the public using the same tool on its online help centre that told users if their information had been shared with Cambridge Analytica. The social network's normally press-averse CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, went into damage control mode, putting in a marathon appearance last month before multiple congressional committees and repeatedly apologizing for his company's handling of the situation.

The Department of Justice launched an investigation into the data company Cambridge Analytica, according to a New York Times report on Tuesday. Facebook said it recognized "the seriousness of these issues" at hand, and provided written answers to 39 questions posed by the team of MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Yet another instance of a Facebook app putting innocent users' sensitive private data at risk has been uncovered.

He might get tougher questions in Brussels, where an assertive new European data protection law comes into effect on May 25. "It must be a public hearing - why not a Facebook Live?" said Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of a liberal group in the European Parliament. "It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence".

In a tweet, Mr Tajani said: "Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation".

Thankfully - unlike the app at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica debacle - the myPersonality app did not also collect the data of users' Facebook friends, otherwise the number of people put at risk would likely have been even worse.

The US-based social media giant has come under intense criticism after 87 million of its users' data was illegally collected by Cambridge Analytica for the purposes of using the information in various political campaigns, including tipping the 2016 US presidential election in Donald J, Trump's favour.

That is despite a warning from the chairman of the Commons Culture Committee Damian Collins that he could issue a summons requiring Mr Zuckerberg's attendance next time he is in the UK.

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