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Aleksandr Kogan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com

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Publication Date: 2018-03-19
A Cambridge University psychology professor harvested personal data from millions of Facebook users and then passed on that information, much of which was obtained without the users consent, to a political strategy company with links to President Donald Trump’s campaign, Steve Bannon and the billionaire conservative campaign donors Robert and Rebekah Mercer, according to reports from The Guardian and The New York Times. Aleksandr Kogan, 32, worked with Cambridge Analytica, a Mercer-backed fi...
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Colombia blocks app it says possibly linked to Cambridge Analytica | Reuters

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Publication Date: 2018-03-29
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia, which will hold presidential elections in May, on Wednesday blocked access to a cell phone application it said might be connected with Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy that has been accused of violating Facebook users’ privacy to influence elections in Britain and the United States. Lawmakers in the United States and Europe are demanding to know more about Facebook’s privacy practices after a whistleblower said Cambridge Analytica improperly accesse...
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Donald Trump-Linked Cambridge Analytica Worked in Colombia, Argentina, Mexico | News | teleSUR English

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Publication Date: 2018-03-22
Cambridge Analytica, the controversial firm that helped Donald Trump become the President of the United States, has also done work in Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and is in the process of "moving into Brazil" reports from British broadcaster Channel 4 and Bloomberg have revealed. The Political consultancy has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after Facebook suspended it for violating Facebook's privacy policies. In a secretly recorded meeting with a journalist posing as a potentia...
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Facebook investigating employee's links to Cambridge Analytica

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Publication Date: 2018-03-18
Facebook told CNN it is looking into ties between one of its current employees and Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign and was suspended by Facebook on Friday. Joseph Chancellor, now a researcher at Facebook (FB), was a director of Global Science Research, a company that provided data to Cambridge Analytica. The New York Times and The Observer newspaper in London reported Saturday that Cambridge Analytica harvested information...
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Are you one of the 200,000 Delawareans with compromised Facebook data? - Technical.ly Delaware

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Publication Date: 2018-05-18
State Attorney General Matt Denn — one of 41 attorneys general who signed a March letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stating that they will investigate whether the site’s data breach violated state laws — found that more than 200,000 people in Delaware alone may have had their personal data exposed to Cambridge Analytica and other third parties. In a state with only 960,000 people, that’s no small number. Assuming every Delawarean had Facebook (and that’s not the case), there’d be a roug...
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Facebook data privacy scandal: A cheat sheet - TechRepublic

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A decade of apparent indifference for data privacy at Facebook has culminated in revelations that organizations harvested user data for targeted advertising, particularly political advertising, to apparent success. While the most well-known offender is Cambridge Analytica—the political consulting and strategic communication firm behind the pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign, as well as Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign—other companies have likely used similar tactics to collect personal dat...
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Facebook Statement Cambridge Analytica | Daily Mail Online

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Publication Date: 2018-03-18
Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook By Paul Grewal, VP & Deputy General Counsel Update on March 17, 2018, 9:50 AM: The claim that this is a data breach is completely false. Aleksandr Kogan requested and gained access to information from users who chose to sign up to his app, and everyone involved gave their consent. People knowingly provided their information, no systems were infiltrated, and no passwords or sensitive pieces of information were stolen or hacked. ...
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Colombia blocks app allegedly linked to Cambridge Analytica

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Publication Date: 2018-03-28
Colombia’s authorities said Wednesday it ordered the shut-down of a mobile phone app linked to Cambridge Analytica, the company that has been accused of mining data from Facebook for electoral purposes. The Industry and Trade Superintendency (SIC) announced it had issues two decrees that seek a temporary shut-down of the Pig.gi app that gave users phone credit if they consumed advertising and participated in polls. The app’s producers have said they stopped working with Cambridge Analytica ...
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Cambridge Analytica denies campaign support in Colombia

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Publication Date: 2018-04-18
Contrary to claims made on the controversial company’s website, Cambridge Analytica told British parliament that it was never hired for political campaigning in Colombia. Former Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser told a parliamentary commission in the UK that it talked to three different campaigns, but was never hired to campaign in the South American country. Kaiser contradicted her own website, which claimed that the company helped an election candidate in Colombia with “reputat...
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Pig.gi Raises $2.3M in Seed Funding |FinSMEs

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Publication Date: 2017-12-19
Pig.gi, a Mexico City-based startup that provides an Android lock screen app that lets users earn free mobile airtime, raised $2.3m in seed funding. Backers included Archipelago Global and other investors. The company will use the capital to continue scaling its mobile airtime platform in Latin America and develop new ways to make internet connectivity more accessible in emerging markets. Co-led by Isaac and Joel (CEO) Phillips, Pig.gi provides an app that allows users to interact with inc...
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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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Twitter sold data to app creator involved in Cambridge Analytica scandal | The Drum

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Publication Date: 2018-04-30
Twitter sold data to Aleksandr Kogan’s Global Science Research (GSR), the company that supplied the Facebook data of up to 87 million users to political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. GSR was granted access to large-scale public Twitter data for one day in 2015, according to Bloomberg. “In 2015, GSR did have one-time API access to a random sample of public tweets from a five-month period from December 2014 to April 2015,” Twitter said in a statement to Bloomberg. “Based on the rec...
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Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters. His "Cruz Crew" mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users' phones — tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends who might want nothing to do with his campaign. That information and more is the...
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Daily Research News Online no. 26190 - Facebook Suspends Apps in Data Abuse Audit

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Facebook Suspends Apps in Data Abuse Audit Facebook says it has suspended around 200 potentially 'suspicious' apps that may have misused people's data, following an audit prompted by it relationship with UK-based data firm Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica has been accused of illegally collecting Facebook profiles which could be matched to electoral rolls. The problems centre around data provided by users of a personality quiz app, thisisyourdigitallife, created by Global Science R...
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Intimate data from 3 million Facebook myPersonality app users left exposed for four years

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Publication Date: 2018-05-15
Facebook removed the app on April 7. Personal information on more than three million Facebook users who used the now-suspended myPersonality app was exposed online for four years and accessible by anyone who had a username and password publicly available on GitHub, according to an investigation by New Scientist. Data, including results of psychological tests, was made available to qualifying researchers via a website run by academics David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University of ...

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