Facebook suspends another data firm on possible violations

CNBC/Euronews reports that Facebook, which is still dealing with fallout from the scandal over user data improperly obtained by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, has suspended another data-analytics firm over possible policy violations.

Facebook said it has temporarily suspended the firm, Crimson Hexagon, while it looks into whether it violated data-sharing policies.… Be Informed

UK: How political parties collect data and target you

Euronews: Elections are becoming “increasingly datafied” as political parties tap into big data to target their messaging and this could have a “significant impact” at the ballot box, Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said on Wednesday.

Political parties in the UK first use the Electoral Register which gives them the name and addresses of approximately 40 million registered voters.… Be Informed

Julian Assange and Cambridge Analytica director met in February – The Guardian

The Guardian revealed that a Cambridge Analytica director apparently visited Julian Assange in February last year and told friends that the reason for the meeting was to discuss what happened during the US election.

The report adds that Brittany Kaiser, a director at the firm until earlier this year, also claimed to have channelled cryptocurrency payments and donations to WikiLeaks.… Be Informed

Facebook had data-sharing partnerships with four Chinese electronics companies

The New York Times report that Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China’s government, the social media company said on Tuesday.

The agreements, which date to at least 2010, gave private access to some user data to Huawei, a telecommunications equipment company that has been flagged by American intelligence officials as a national security threat, as well as to Lenovo, Oppo and TCL.

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Cambridge Analytica ordered to release data on US voter

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The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered Cambridge Analytica to hand a US voter all personal information the company holds about him.

The order was issued on Friday and could set a precedent for 240 million American voter on whom Cambridge Analytica claims to have data to request similar information from Cambridge Analytica.… Be Informed

Cambridge Analytica to shut down

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Cambridge Analytica, the data firm involved in the controversy over its handling of Facebook user data, and its British parent firm SCL Elections Ltd are shutting down immediately, the company said on Wednesday.

SCL Elections and Cambridge Analytica will begin bankruptcy proceedings, the firm said, after losing clients and facing mounting legal fees in the controversy over reports the company harvested personal data about Facebook users beginning in 2014.… Be Informed

EU proposes measures to tackle online disinformation

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The European Commission is proposing measures to tackle disinformation online, including an EU-wide Code of Practice on Disinformation, support for an independent network of fact-checkers, and a series of actions to stimulate quality journalism and promote media literacy.

The recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica revelations demonstrated exactly how personal data can be exploited in electoral contexts, and are a timely reminder that more is needed to secure resilient democratic processes.

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CNN : The evolution of Zuckerberg from a techie to a world leader overseeing a nation of two billion people he created

CNN’s Mark Zuckerberg’s growing up moment.

zuckerbergCNN’s Laurie Segall meets Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg before he addresses the US Congress and gives account of how the techie geek evolved into a world leader, who is ‘overseeing’ a nation he created of two billion people.… Be Informed

Facebook is sharing…and its wrong!

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said the social network “didn’t do enough” to protect user data in a written statement to the US Congress.

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Ahead of appearances before US Congress committees on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mr Zuckerberg said he took responsibility for recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal, as well as the platform’s issues with fake news and abusive content.

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87 million people’s data improperly shared by Facebook.

binoReuters report that Facebook said on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million.

Most of the 87 million people were in the United States, Schroepfer wrote in the blog post.… Be Informed