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The Scottish National party has admitted it sought help for its election campaigning from Cambridge Analytica, after it came under mounting pressure to disclose its dealings with the company. The SNP released what it said was all of its correspondence with the controversial data firm on Wednesday night ...
A top Facebook exec on Thursday faced a grilling from the British government over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the impact of fake news on the Brexit referendum. Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer sat before the UK inquiry in place of the social network's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, who two weeks ago ...

While it's usually best to just sit back with a bucket of popcorn and watch reality business drama unfold, I was surprised by the severe reactions insinuating Facebook's eagerness to profit at the expense of its users' data, creating paranoia around data analytics and equating data driven targeting to an ...
She said, under questioning from Labor senator Kristina Keneally, the BCA did not have any formal relationship with Cambridge Analytica or use them in the South Australian state election campaign. The company made headlines when it was revealed it misused personal information from as many as 87 ...
The SNP was “still interested” in working with Cambridge Analytica six weeks after the pair met, according to an email released by the party that undermined its claim it immediately dismissed the firm as “cowboys.” After days of pressure for them to release details of the talks with the firm, the Scottish ...
The SNP's former digital media strategist has confirmed that he was the consultant who met Cambridge Analytica (CA) on behalf of the party. It emerged last week that the meeting was held in London in February 2016 - but the SNP refused to reveal the consultant's identity. Kirk Torrance has now said he ...

Aleksandr Kogan, the academic who was hired by Cambridge Analytica to harvest information from tens of millions of Facebook profiles, defended his role in the data collection on Sunday, saying he was upfront about how the information would be used and that he “never heard a word” of objection from ...
Alongside London-based elections consultancy Cambridge Analytica, the social media giant is at the center of an ongoing dispute over the alleged harvesting and use of personal data. The allegations have heightened concerns over whether such data was then used to try and influence the outcome of the ...
In March, The New York Times, working with The Observer of London and The Guardian, obtained a cache of documents from inside Cambridge Analytica, the data firm principally owned by the right-wing donor Robert Mercer. The documents proved that the firm, where the former Trump aide Stephen K.
In the second of a two part series, Michael Brull looks at the scandal that is wiping billions of dollars in value off the world's richest company… and it's about much more than just social media and data mining. British news program on Channel 4 has exposed Cambridge Analytica and Facebook for what has ...
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology will take a call on summoning representatives of US-based social media company Facebook on the issue of data security and privacy in the wake of the recent controversy over UK-based data analysis company Cambridge Analytica ...
As the furore about Cambridge Analytica raged last week, I thought about Szilard and then about three young Cambridge scientists who brought another powerful idea into the world. Their names are Michal Kosinski, David Stillwell and Thore Graepel and in 2013 they published an astonishing paper, which ...
Some 50 million Facebook users — including the 270,000 users who took a personality quiz under the guise of academic research — saw their personal data snared by Cambridge Analytica, the UK firm founded by “brilliant computer scientist” and right-wing billionaire donor Robert Mercer. The Trump ...
Long before Donald Trump declared his presidential candidacy, conservative strategist Steve Bannon sought to leverage data-driven technology to push the hearts and minds of voters toward his populist vision for America. Former Cambridge Analytica staffers tell CNN that Bannon's vision came to fruition ...
Election manipulation is a hot story. In the last few days, Cambridge Analytica, which claims to use data to change behaviour including that of voters, has been accused of breaching Facebook rules in its efforts to collect personal data and use them to bring Donald Trump to power. Cambridge Analytica is ...
Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica data analyst-turned-whistleblower, on Wednesday tweeted that the firm had done “extensive” work in Indian politics in the past decade, wryly adding that such campaigning by a Western outfit was akin to “modern-day colonialism”. Christopher Wylie ...
LONDON: Despite British consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica's claim that it has deleted data of over 50 million Facebook users, portions of the data is ... "The data, which dates from 2014, was used by Cambridge Analytica to target specific messages at residents who would be most susceptible to them," ...

With financial backing from hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, Bannon co-founded Cambridge Analytica in 2013 as the US-branch of Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) Group, a British company that advertises how it has conducted "behavioral change" programs in more than 60 countries.
In September, 2016, Alexander Nix, the C.E.O. of Cambridge Analytica, the data and messaging company that was working at the time with Donald Trump's supposedly flagging Presidential campaign, explained his firm's work like this: “If you know the personality of the people you're targeting, you can ...
Cambridge Analytica's statement said the Trump campaign hired it in June 2016, and from "August onwards," its data team used Republican National Committee voter files, polling, the Trump campaign itself, voting returns released by states and "consumer data available from commercial brokers.".
Documents shared by Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie spell out how parent company SCL Group tried to influence elections worldwide. One letter also refers to its support of 15 psychological operations involving the UK's Ministry of Defence as of January 2012. The Foreign Office is ...
Christopher Wylie—the twenty-eight-year-old whistle-blower who has detailed how Cambridge Analytica, the controversial political-consulting firm, harvested personal data from as many as fifty million Facebook users—appeared before a committee of British M.P.s on Tuesday. During Wylie's almost four hours of testimony, ...
Starting in 2013, the New York Times reports that a UK-based Palantir employee worked with Cambridge Analytica — going on to gain access to the dataset of 50M+ Facebook users the latter firm obtained in 2014 via a third party personality quiz app deployed on the social network giant's platform.
As a start-up called Cambridge Analytica sought to harvest the Facebook data of tens of millions of Americans in summer 2014, the company received help from at least one employee at Palantir Technologies, a top Silicon Valley contractor to American spy agencies and the Pentagon. It was a Palantir ...
A data crunching firm co-founded by Facebook board member Peter Thiel is investigating links between one of its employees and Cambridge Analytica. Palantir Technologies acknowledged Wednesday that one of its employees had contacted workers at Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm that ...
As a start-up called Cambridge Analytica sought to harvest the Facebook data of tens of millions of Americans in summer 2014, the company received help from at least one employee at Palantir Technologies, a top Silicon Valley contractor to American spy agencies and the Pentagon. It was a Palantir ...
The trade group, the Advertising Research Foundation, said it was waiting for more information before formally rescinding the award given to Cambridge Analytica, the British political consulting firm that was recently reported to have improperly harvested the data of 50 million Facebook users.
Wylie appeared before British parliament to discuss his role as a former employee of the data firm Cambridge Analytica. Wylie became a central figure in the scandal involving the data firm last week when he told the U.K.'s Observer newspaper and the New York Times that Cambridge Analytica allegedly ...
Cambridge Analytica is in the midst of a dispute after an undercover sting operation caught senior executives boasting about psychological manipulation, entrapment techniques and fake news campaigns. Kenya's elections last year were marred by chaos and violence, which resulted in multiple deaths and ...
The social media company has received a number of warnings about its data security policies in recent years and had known about the Cambridge Analytica data breach since 2015, but only suspended the firm and the Cambridge university researcher who harvested user data from Facebook earlier this ...
"We are pleased with the decision of the judge, and we plan to execute the warrant shortly," an ICO spokesman said. Elizabeth Denham, head of ICO, sought a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica's office after a whistleblower revealed it had harvested the private information of millions of Facebook users ...
Eighteen enforcement officers have entered the Cambridge Analytica headquarters in London's West End to search the premises after the data watchdog was granted a warrant to examine its records. Four days after the information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, first announced plans to raid the offices, ...
When it comes to the phenomenon of Donald Trump, you have to give him this: sanctimony is not foremost among his sins. He provokes no moral disappointment, because he creates no moral expectations. Just as his business career was characterized by Mob-connected cronies, racial bias, aggrieved ...
Cambridge Analytica is in the headlines – accused of scraping the data of 50 million Facebook users, under the guise of academic research, and then misappropriating that data for its lucrative political work, including on behalf the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. The revelations have sparked a ...
The May 2014 emails seen by the Guardian reveal staff at Cambridge University, including a departmental director, challenged the psychologist who collated data belonging to more than 50 million Facebook users over his plans to strike a deal with the parent firm of Cambridge Analytica. In one email ...
Donald Trump was not the top presidential pick for Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm accused of improperly harvesting data from over 50 million Facebook users on behalf of the Trump campaign. The firm, bankrolled by conservative hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, was paid nearly $6 ...
Investigators with Britain's information commissioner searched the London headquarters of Cambridge Analytica on Friday amid reports that the firm harvested the personal data of millions of Facebook users as part of a campaign to influence the U.S. 2016 presidential elections. The move comes after a ...
The London offices of Cambridge Analytica have been searched by enforcement officers from the UK's information commissioner. The High Court granted the data watchdog a warrant amid claims the firm amassed information about millions of people without their consent, based on a 2014 quiz on ...
A second former employee from Cambridge Analytica has come forward to speak to the media about how the firm operated while it was working for Donald Trump's campaign during the 2016 presidential race. Brittany Kaiser detailed a 27-page internal presentation in which the firm describes how it targeted Trump voters ...
They shed light on an earlier report published on Friday in the New York Times, which identified Bolton, who was appointed by Trump on Thursday, as an early beneficiary of Cambridge Analytica's controversial Facebook data. In an email about the 2014 collaboration with the John Bolton Super Pac, ...
Public trust in Facebook has taken several beatings in the past 18 months, and the social networking giant was done no favors by the recent revelation that a political data firm called Cambridge Analytica had smuggled millions of users' data out of the site, exploiting a loophole in Facebook's platform.
Steve Bannon tried to distance himself from the Cambridge Analytica scandal on Thursday, claiming: “I didn't even know anything about the Facebook mining.” Bannon is a former vice-president and board member of the political consultancy, which he agreed he “put together”. He claimed at conference in ...
Cambridge Analytica conducted data research for one of the leading Brexit campaign groups and then misled the public and MPs over the work the company had undertaken, according to a former employee who has spoken to the Guardian. In an exclusive interview, Brittany Kaiser, Cambridge Analytica's ...
The managing director of data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica was covertly filmed by U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 describing his company's sway over Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's previous two election campaigns. The firm worked on "just about every element" of Kenyatta's bid to be elected, ...
WASHINGTON — The political action committee founded by John R. Bolton, President Trump's incoming national security adviser, was one of the earliest customers of Cambridge Analytica, which it hired specifically to develop psychological profiles of voters with data harvested from tens of millions of ...
Mark Zuckerberg might be sorry that 50 million Facebook users' data ended up with the political firm Cambridge Analytica and will (at some point) head to Congress to explain what happened. The firm maintained that it deleted that information when Facebook requested it do so back in 2015, but it's unclear ...
The London headquarters of Cambridge Analytica stands on New Oxford Street in central London on March 20, 2018 in London, England. British authorities are seeking a court order to search the offices of the data mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. The company allegedly used the ...
Listen to Slate's show about Robert Mueller's job security, Cambridge Analytica's data mining, and whether 2018 is really just a new take on the 1960s. Emily Bazelon, Farhad Manjoo, and David Plotz. Future Tense. March 22 2018 8:00 PMHow to Regulate FacebookMark Zuckerberg says he's open to more oversight.
Bolton's connection to Cambridge Analytica may have come through Robert Mercer, a billionaire conservative donor who is a major investor in the firm as well as the largest donor to the John Bolton Super PAC. But Bolton will probably not face questions on Capitol Hill anytime soon about his ties, as the ...
(WASHINGTON) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway ...


 

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