Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to address EU Parliament on data scandal

Fresh off testifying before Congress last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before European Parliament to address how the social network will protect users’ data in the wake of the massive data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

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Latest Facebook data scandal: App exposed info from psychological quizzes on six million users

About six million Facebook users had deeply personal information exposed after they answered questions about themselves through a popular app called myPersonality. After the data was collected, it was stored in an open online file that virtually anyone could access over a period of four years, an investigation by New Scientist found.

What information was compromised?

The data included “highly sensitive” information such as results from psychological tests. The app’s terms stated that the data would be distributed in a way that was personally identifiable. But security precautions were lax in protecting the information and it was easy to de-anonymize, the report stated.

Files contained quiz results that list the top five personality traits of 3.1 million users. The scores are typically used in psychology to assess characteristics such as “conscientiousness, agreeableness and neuroticism” the report stated. Also included was access to 22 million status updates from more than 150,000 users. Details on age, gender and relationship status were gleaned from about 4.3 million people.

“This type of data is very powerful and there is real potential for misuse,” Chris Sumner of the Online Privacy Foundation told New Scientist. The UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, said it is investigating.

More than 280 people from nearly 150 institutions accessed the information, the report stated. Those figures include researchers at universities and also companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, according to the report.

A username and password for the information was available on a code-sharing website called GitHub, New Scientist reported.

It was also learned that the project had links to the Cambridge Analytical data scandal that compromised information for about 85 million Facebook users.

New Scientist explains:

The data sets were controlled by David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University of Cambridge’s The Psychometrics Centre. Alexandr Kogan, at the center of the Cambridge Analytica allegations, was listed as a collaborator on the myPersonality project until the summer of 2014.

Was it shut down?

Facebook suspended myPersonality from its platform on April 7, after discovering the app may have violated its policies because the app included misleading language for how the data is used.

MyPersonality came under review as part of Facebook’s wide investigation of apps on the platform. Facebook began as an investigation into allegations that Cambridge Analytica accessed data from an app called This Is Your Digital Life developed by Kogan, the report stated.

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Cambridge Analytica Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in U.S.

Cambridge Analytica LLC, embroiled in controversy following allegations of misuse of Facebook Inc. data during the 2016 presidential campaign, filed for bankruptcy protection in New York. The data firm’s U.K. branch, which was at the center of the …

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Steve Bannon tried to suppress black vote, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says

Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower and a former employee of the firm, told Congress Wednesday that the company ran voter suppression campaigns, which targeted black Americans and other liberal demographic groups. He said that those …

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Mississippi suit over British citizens’ data alive for now

A lawyer for two British businesses opposes a lawsuit against them in a Mississippi court, saying it’s a political sideshow tied to now-dissolving data firm Cambridge Analytica . For now though, a judge is keeping in place an order won by a group that wants any evidence preserved of personal data belonging to British citizens.

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Cambridge Analytica files for voluntary bankruptcy in US: Court filing

British political consulting group Cambridge Analytica filed for voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York, court documents showed AFP/Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS NEW YORK: British political consulting group Cambridge Analytica filed for voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York, court documents showed. The firm, whose attorney filed late on Wednesday , announced early May that it would close and file for bankruptcy in Britain and the United States after failing to recover from the Facebook data scandal.

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Google’s vision of TOTAL data collection revealed

Google’s disturbing vision of TOTAL data collection: Leaked video reveals a Black Mirror-style future in which technology could be used to control the behaviour of entire populations Now, an internal Google video has leaked that provides an unnerving glimpse into how the firm could use that wealth on information to control your behaviour. The video sets the scene for a Black Mirror-style future in which machines know your needs even before you do, and are able to manipulate you to follow their own agendas.

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Former Cambridge Analytica boss to appear before British lawmakers on June 6

LONDON (Reuters) – The ex-boss of Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that closed down after being involved in a scandal about the improper use of the data of millions of Facebook users, will appear in front of British lawmakers on June 6.

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