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Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What a Tangled Web They Weave | HowStuffWorks

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Publication Date: 2018-05-11
" " Facebook users expressed outrage when learning their private data was used by Cambridge Analytica, the recently defunct British firm at the center of a major scandal involving the 2016 election, Donald Trump and private data. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images When news broke in early March 2018 that Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm, accessed private information of more than 87 million Facebook users without their permission, people were outraged. But as the story grew, it became...
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Why political ads on Facebook will still slip by human reviewers - Digiday

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Publication Date: 2017-10-24
Facebook faces an uphill battle in cleaning up political advertising on its platform. Facebook is making adjustments to how political advertisers buy ads on its platform. It’ll still be hard for the social media giant to identify all of the political ads running through its system, though. Facebook can detect a political ad in two main ways. One is by looking at the creative of the ad itself; the other is by looking at who it’s targeted to. As for the ad creative, Facebook can scan the cre...
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Cambridge Analytica closing after Facebook data harvesting scandal | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-05-02
Political consultancy, under fire over use of millions of Facebook users’ data, has begun insolvency proceedings Cambridge Analytica, the data firm at the centre of this year’s Facebook privacy row, is closing and starting insolvency proceedings. The company has been plagued by scandal since the Observer reported that the personal data of about 50 million Americans and at least a million Britons had been harvested from Facebook and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Anal...
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Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-17
The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giant’s biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box. A whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica – a company owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Trump’s key adviser Stev...
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Cambridge Analytica boasts of dirty tricks to swing elections | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-19
This video has been removed. This could be because it launched early, our rights have expired, there was a legal issue, or for another reason. Bosses tell undercover reporters how honey traps, spies and fake news can be used to help clients The company at the centre of the Facebook data breach boasted of using honey traps, fake news campaigns and operations with ex-spies to swing election campaigns around the world, a new investigation reveals. Executives from Cambridge Analytica spoke to ...
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Election Tech: Big data proves that America is a purple country - TechRepublic

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When you display big buckets of voter data on a map—coded red for Republican and blue for Democrat—the United States is clearly a purple country. Every campaign, from presidential to local elections, relies on big data. Specifically, campaigns buy voter information and social media data. L2 Political is one of the most widely used campaign data vendors. Customers range from presidential campaigns to local elections to PACs. The product is a powerful window to information like voter name, par...
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Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica following weekend claims that it illegally harvested information from 50 million users | V3

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Publication Date: 2018-03-19
Thousands of people have pledged to shutdown their Facebook profiles following the revelations over the weekend Facebook has suspended data analysis and marketing firm Cambridge Analytica following claims that it breached an agreement with the social-media website when it used an ostensibly academic app to harvest data on 50 million users. It follows revelations over the weekend by whistleblower Chris Wylie, a former contractor at Cambridge Analytica who went on to found his own, similar co...
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The Cambridge Analytica power players set up a mysterious new data firm — and they could use it for a 'Blackwater-style' rebrand

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Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix. Reuters The power players behind Cambridge Analytica set up a mysterious new data firm last year — and there is speculation that it could be used a rebrand vehicle after Cambridge Analytica was shut down. Business Insider reported earlier this year that Emerdata was incorporated in August 2017 by executives at Cambridge Analytica, which was abruptly shuttered on Wednesday. Citing two sources familiar with the plans, The New York Times reported ...
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Leaked: Cambridge Analytica's blueprint for Trump victory | UK news | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-23
The blueprint for how Cambridge Analytica claimed to have won the White House for Donald Trump by using Google, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube is revealed for the first time in an internal company document obtained by the Guardian. The 27-page presentation was produced by the Cambridge Analytica officials who worked most closely on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. A former employee explained to the Guardian how it details the techniques used by the Trump campaign to micro-target...
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Investigators complete seven-hour Cambridge Analytica HQ search | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-23
Investigators from Britain’s data watchdog have spent nearly seven hours searching the London offices of Cambridge Analytica. Eighteen enforcement officers entered the Cambridge Analytica headquarters in London’s West End on Friday night to search the premises after the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was granted a warrant to examine its records. The officials concluded the search at about 3am on Saturday. “We will now need to assess and consider the evidence before deciding the ne...
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Cambridge Analytica testimony dominated by heated exchanges

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The Latest on Facebook's privacy scandal (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Heated exchanges have dominated testimony in Britain by the former CEO of Cambridge Analytica. Alexander Nix vigorously defended himself Wednesday amid allegations the political consulting firm scraped Facebook data and used it to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. U.K. authorities are also investigating whether Facebook data was used in Britain's referendum on leaving the European Union. The hearing ...
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Who is Aleksandr Kogan? - CBS News

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Publication Date: 2018-04-21
Aleksandr Kogan -- who spoke to "60 Minutes" in an interview that aired Sunday -- is the man who developed an app that's at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal. The social media giant announced last month that it was suspending the University of Cambridge lecturer for violating its policies in 2014. Kogan served as a director of Global Science Research (GSR) where he used an app to harvest data from as many as 87 million users. Facebook said Kogan claimed the data would only be used fo...
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Cambridge Analytica to shut down following Facebook data sharing scandal | London Evening Standard

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Publication Date: 2018-05-02
ES News Email Enter your email address Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid Email cannot be used. Try another or register with your social account The Cambridge Analytica consultancy at the center of this year's Facebook privacy row has declared itself bankrupt and announced it is closing. Nigel Oakes founder of SCL Group, the parent company to the consultancy firm confirmed it was closing on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal r...
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If You're A Registered Voter, Your Personal Data Was Likely Exposed By A Data Firm - Digg

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​Bad news if you're a participant in democracy: The personal information of potentially every single registered American voter was exposed by an extremely careless Republican data firm. The breach was discovered by an analyst working for the cyber resilience firm UpGuard, who found voters' "names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as data described as 'modeled' voter ethnicities and religions" on a publicly accessible Amazon server. The ...

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