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Reforming the U.S. Approach to Data Protection and Privacy | Council on Foreign Relations

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Introduction Half of all Americans believe their personal information is less secure now than it was five years ago, and a sobering study from the Pew Research Center reveals how little faith the public has in organizations, whether governmental or private-sector, to protect their data—and with good reason. In 2017, there was a disastrous breach at Equifax, Yahoo’s admission that billions of its email accounts were compromised, Deep Root Analytics’ accidental leak of personal details of near...
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Facebook Privacy Crisis: How Will Mark Zuckerberg Handle Backlash? – Variety

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Publication Date: 2018-04-03
In 2004, when Mark Zuckerberg was a Harvard undergrad working on a skunkworks project called The , a friend asked him how he’d managed to obtain more than 4,000 emails, photos and other bits of personal info from fellow students. “People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They ‘trust me,’” Zuckerberg wrote in an instant-messaging exchange leaked to website Silicon Alley Insider. The guy who would become CEO of one of the world’s biggest tech giants added, “Dumb f—s.” Zuckerberg later expr...
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Cambridge Analytica - an object lesson in failed due diligence and deception

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
While attention is being paid to Cambridge Analytica, the focus is misplaced. This story explains why and why due diligence is vital in your dealings. Liam O’Hare at Bellacaledonia has done a first-rate job investigating the ties between Cambridge Analytica, the British political establishment and espionage services. (hat tip to James Governor) O’Hare uncovers a web of connections between powerful politicians, the people who run Cambridge Analytica, SCL and its primary trading group member ...
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Google Canada rejects allegations it's mismanaging user data | CBC News

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The former head of Research in Motion warned government officials today of the risks of failing to regulate tech giants, while Google Canada's head of public policy rejected allegations the company is failing to transparently and securely manage data. "It's a complex issue because this is the biggest force in the history of capitalism, where six companies come from nowhere to be the most valuable companies in the world in a very short period of time," Jim Balsillie, chair of the Council of C...
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Cambridge Analytica bosses set up two new companies in London | Daily Mail Online

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Publication Date: 2018-05-04
Cambridge Analytica this week issued a statement saying it was starting bankruptcy proceedings due to a 'seige of media coverage'. However, this may not be the end for its owners. Two new London-based companies, Firecrest Technologies and Emerdata, have been set up with the same registered address, same purpose and same directors. A former Cambridge Analytica employee and senior lawmakers have suggested these two companies could be picking up where Cambridge Analytica left off. The scanda...
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Inside the wacky world of weird data: What's getting crunched

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Publication Date: 2014-02-12
Weird human resources Start with some of the strangest findings about how we work. The big data start-up Evolv sifts thought millions of pieces of human resources data from clients looking for insights about who applies for jobs and who succeeds at work. The idea is to help companies decide who to hire, and how to manage their teams. Evolv CEO Max Simkoff said his firm has found a series of surprising insights about corporate hiring, based on companies' own data. "We've got data on over 3 m...
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Campaign 2016: These are the big tech companies powering the election - TechRepublic

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Top Election Tech Companies The 2016 campaign is the most technologically sophisticated general election in the modern era. Two major tech trends--big data and social media--play a major rule inside both the Clinton and Trump campaigns, as well as local and regional down ticket races. In modern campaigns, data informs everything from spending and resource allocation, to policy and communication strategy, to get-out-the-vote efforts. Information is aggregated from voter registration files, s...
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Will Cambridge Analytica re-emerge as Emerdata? | Fox News

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Publication Date: 2018-05-03
Cambridge Analytica's decision to shutter its operations has prompted speculation that the controversial firm may re-emerge as a mysterious new company called Emerdata. The data mining company announced Wednesday that it plans to file for bankruptcy in Britain and the U.S., saying negative publicity surrounding allegations that it improperly harvested data from millions of Facebook users drove potential clients away. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Cambridge Analytica’s pare...
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Cambridge Analytica bosses set up two new companies in London | Daily Mail Online

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Publication Date: 2018-05-04
Cambridge Analytica this week issued a statement saying it was starting bankruptcy proceedings due to a 'seige of media coverage'. However, this may not be the end for its owners. Two new London-based companies, Firecrest Technologies and Emerdata, have been set up with the same registered address, same purpose and same directors. A former Cambridge Analytica employee and senior lawmakers have suggested these two companies could be picking up where Cambridge Analytica left off. The scanda...
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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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Democrats Ask Trump Campaign's Data Firms About Overseas Help - Bloomberg

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Publication Date: 2017-10-26
The top Democrats on two House committees are demanding answers from five data analytics companies involved with President Donald Trump’s campaign about their voter targeting and whether they were helped by a foreign entity or actor. Representatives John Conyers of the Judiciary Committee and Elijah Cummings of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee said in letters to the companies Thursday that while it’s known that Russia interfered with the 2016 election by targeting voters online,...

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