Advocates Question Facebook's Latest Effort To Protect Data

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower warns of 'new Cold War' online

Cambridge Analytica, the highly scrutinized data firm that had ties to the Trump campaign, is under investigation by the Department of Justice and the FBI, according to The New York Times, which cited an American official and other individuals familiar with the matter.

The company did not fully explain why each of the 200 apps were suspended, although Facebook said the apps' alleged mishandling of user data will be fully investigated, including in-person visits.

He said Facebook's investigation process is in full swing and a comprehensive review is being conducted "to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data". Check back for updates. The Facebook CEO was summoned for the company's recent data privacy scandals by the UK Parliament, and he has already missed his deadline by three days.


A new investigation done by New Scientist magazine found that people who used the third-party quiz application called myPersonality may have been put at risk for even greater exposure. In response, Collins said, "If Mark Zuckerberg truly recognises the "seriousness" of these issues as they say they do, we would expect that he would want to appear in front of the committee and answer questions that are of concern not only to Parliament, but Facebook's tens of millions of users in this country". As a steady follow-up of the Guardian's unfurling in the month of March this year, Facebook Inc. It soaked up data of some 87 million Facebook users because it was able to gain access to friends of people who used it. Privacy advocate Lester thinks the whole problem happened because Facebook was not complying with the Federal Trade Commission consent order from 2011. With that password, virtually anyone could have access to a trove of information on around 3 million Facebook users. The data of these users profiles was not only shared with the Cambridge researchers, the data was available to anyone wanting to access it.

The company also released confidential agreements signed with Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan and whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, requiring the deletion of Facebook users' data gathered by Dr Kogan's company GSR.

Investigators have contacted Facebook, according to the newspaper.

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