Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, speaks out on Facebook controversy
"If you're trying to influence an American election, that's a one-stop shop," whistleblower says of data firm"All of these pieces of information, put together, create a digital portrait of who you are," Wylie said.
WASHINGTON — Facebook on Wednesday said that the data of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with a political consulting firm connected to President Trump during the 2016 election — a figure far higher than the estimate of 50 million that had been widely cited since the leak
WASHINGTON — Facebook said Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million people, most of them Americans, may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica , a political consulting firm connected to President Trump during the 2016 election.
WASHINGTON — Facebook on Wednesday said that the data of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with a political consulting firm connected to President Trump during the 2016 election — a figure far higher than the estimate of 50 million that had been widely cited since the leak.
Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, also announced that Facebook would offer all of its users the same tools and controls required under European privacy rules. The European rules, which go into effect next month, give people more control over how companies use their digital data.
Report: Cambridge Analytica hasn't deleted all of its dodgy data
According to Cambridge Analytica, it already deleted the Facebook data it collected from 50 million users years ago -- it even announced that it's undertaking a third-party audit to verify that claim. Based on a new report by UK broadcaster Channel 4, though, that might not be true at all. The broadcaster says it has discovered a cache of the data CA harvested, and it contains information on 136,000 individuals from Colorado, including their personality results and psychological profiles created from the info the firm collected.
Facebook said that the data of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with a political consulting firm connected to President Facebook had not previously disclosed how many accounts had been harvested by Cambridge Analytica , the firm connected to the Trump campaign.
Facebook now says the data firm Cambridge Analytica gained unauthorized access to up to 87 million users ' data In mid-March The New York Times, along with The Guardian and The Observer, reported that Cambridge Analytica and its British counterpart SCL had harvested the data of 50
Facebook had not previously disclosed how many accounts had been harvested by Cambridge Analytica, the firm connected to the Trump campaign. It has also been reluctant to disclose how it was used by Russian-backed actors to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Among Facebook’s acknowledgments on Wednesday was the disclosure of a vulnerability in its search and account recovery functions that it said could have exposed “most” of its 2 billion users to having their public profile information harvested.
The new effort to appear more transparent about the data leaks — including a rare question-and-answer session with Mr. Zuckerberg and reporters — came just before Mr. Zuckerberg’s expected testimony next week on Capitol Hill, where he will most likely face criticism over how the company collects and shares the personal data of its users. Sheryl Sandberg, Mr. Zuckerberg’s top deputy, has several national television interviews scheduled for later this week.
Cambridge Analytica says more than 87 million could have had information breached
Cambridge Analytica co-founder Christopher Wylie said on Saturday that the number of people affected by his company's data breach could be higher than Facebook's estimates of 87 million. When asked by "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd if 87 million is on the high end of the number of people whose profiles were accessed, Wylie said, "it could be higher." Cambridge Analytica co-founder Christopher Wylie said on Saturday that the number of people affected by his company's data breach could be higher than Facebook's estimates of 87 million.
WASHINGTON — Facebook on Wednesday said the personal information of up to 87 million people, most of them Americans, may have been improperly shared during the 2016 election with Cambridge Analytica , a political consulting firm connected to President Trump.
Facebook announces that up to 87 million users ’ data may have been shared with consulting firm Cambridge Analytica , far higher than To subscribe, simply click here and choose DARE: Daily Alert on Rights and Expression from the list. Facebook announces that up to 87 million users ’ data may
The company said that on Monday it would start telling users whether their information may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica.
Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook in Washington, said the 87 million figure was an estimate of the total number of users whose data could have been acquired by Cambridge Analytica. He said that the estimate was calculated by adding up all the friends of the people who had logged into the Facebook app from which Cambridge Analytica collected profile data.
“We wanted to put out the maximum number of people who could have been affected,” Mr. Zuckerberg told reporters.
It remains unclear exactly how many users had their personal information accessed by Cambridge Analytica. The firm said Wednesday that it had licensed data for no more than 30 million users of the social network.
Facebook alsodescribing how it would protect personal data in the future. In that document, Facebook said its search and account recovery systems had been open to abuse by anyone who already had some information about an individual, such as a phone number or email address. The vulnerability extended to much of the platform’s user base before it was closed on Wednesday, Facebook said.
Facebook is about to tell users if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica
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The firm became embroiled in a data harvesting scandal on Facebook that compromised the personal information of up to 87 million people. The decision was made less than two months after Cambridge Analytica and Facebook became embroiled in a data - harvesting scandal that
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has said that political data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly harvested the public profile data of up to 87 million of its users , including their political beliefs, interests and friends’ information.
The company also said it would limit the types of data that can be harvested by software used by outside businesses. The changes mean that users will have to give permission before an app can collect information beyond their names and addresses.
The company also said it would no longer allow outsiders to use apps to gather information about the religious or political views of its users. And it will stop using third-party data from companies such as Experian and Acxiom to help supplement its own data for ad targeting.
“It’s clear now that we didn’t focus enough on preventing abuse,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. “We didn’t take a broad enough view of what our responsibility is. That was a huge mistake, and it was my mistake.”
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook violated a 2011 agreement meant to protect users’ privacy. User data is crucial to the company’s business, because it is used to deliver advertising to users.
Mr. Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify about the company’s handling of sensitive user data before the Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees on Tuesday and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.
Mexico data protection body to investigate possible links to Cambridge Analytica
Mexico's data protection body said on Monday it had opened an investigation into whether companies possibly linked to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica broke the country's data protection laws.INAI, the transparency and data protection regulator, said it was looking at Mexican companies that worked with cellphone app Pig.gi, which gives users free top-ups in exchange for receiving ads and completing surveys.
The Facebook - Cambridge Analytica data scandal was a major political scandal in early 2018 when it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had harvested the personal data of millions of people's
Facebook said Wednesday that Cambridge Analytica accessed data on up to 87 million users , mostly in the U.S. That's up from the 50 million estimated
“This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues,” said Representatives Greg Walden, Republican of Oregon, and Frank Pallone, Democrat of New Jersey, of the House committee.
Senator Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said, “With all of the data exchanged over Facebook and other platforms, users deserve to know how their information is shared and secured.”
Facebook’s problems stretch back before the reports about Cambridge Analytica, to earlier investigations into how Russian actors infiltrated the platform by placing ads and posts to influence the 2016 election. Mr. Zuckerberg initially dismissed the idea of foreign interference on Facebook as a “crazy idea.”
Since then, the company has been the focus of investigations by law enforcement and congressional committees that are delving into the Russian influence campaign. Facebook now acknowledges that its platform was used to sway voters.
All those troubles have prompted investors to flee the company, and its stock has fallen sharply in recent weeks.
In response, the company has put its executives front and center.
Mr. Zuckerberg typically talks to groups of reporters only after the company releases its quarterly financial reports. But after not responding in public for several days following the Cambridge Analytica disclosure, he has.
Cambridge Analytica might have accessed private Facebook messages
Facebook just began notifying people if their information was accessed by Cambridge Analytica today. Soon after, the social media company created a Help Center page that you can check to see if you were one of the affected members who logged into quiz app This Is Your Digital Life. Apparently, doing so not only shared your News Feed, timeline and posts, but also your private messages. Facebook confirmed to Wired that the app used a read_mailbox permission, which, unlike other sensitive permissions that Facebook phased out a in April of 2015, didn't fully deprecate until October of that same year. Wired reports that while users would have needed to give their permission for the app (and hence Cambridge Analytica) to access their message inboxes, the request would have likely been hidden in with a bunch of other permission requests, which users may have missed when "agreeing" to share their data. Facebook says that a total of 1,500 people gave This Is Your Digital Life permission, though the total of actual users affected is unknown. The problem goes beyond those that granted permission to share; if you in some way messaged with any of those users, you might be also impacted.
Facebook said Wednesday that Cambridge Analytica , a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's campaign, may have had information Facebook announced its own estimate in a blog post on Wednesday. The 87 million number is the maximum amount of people that could have impacted
The Facebook data of up to 87 million people – 37 million more than previously reported – may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica This larger figure, which included over a million UK users , was buried in the penultimate paragraph of a blogpost by the company’s chief technology
And Ms. Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer and the second most recognizable face at the company, is set to be interviewed this week by Fox News, “PBS NewsHour,” NBC’s “Today” show and Bloomberg. Ms. Sandberg will be interviewed remotely from California.
Facebook said its new openness was meant to show that it takes the intense criticism over its handling of user data seriously.
In Washington, Facebook employees and public relations firms retained by the company have talked to regulators and congressional staff members about new privacy measures, including updates to policies that are intended to make them easier to understand.
On Wednesday, Mr. Zuckerberg provided a preview of what he will tell Congress next week. He said Facebook was “an idealistic and optimistic company.”
But he acknowledged that the company had committed serious errors by not ensuring that robust safeguards were in place for users.
Asked if he should still be leading the company, he said, “Yes. Life is about learning from the mistakes and learning what you need to go forward.”
Terrell McSweeny, a Democratic member of the Federal Trade Commission, said that Mr. Zuckerberg has a big task ahead of him in Washington.
“I think it is important for Zuckerberg to clearly explain how Facebook plans to earn back consumer trust,” Ms. McSweeny said. “Consumers need reassurance that their data are not being misused.”
Correction: April 4, 2018
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An earlier version of this article attributed incorrectly an estimate that 50 million Facebook users’ personal information may have been improperly shared during the 2016 election. The estimate was based on documents and former Cambridge Analytica employees and associates. It did not come from Facebook.
POINT MARKETS-Wall Street hesitates, Nasdaq under 7,000, Trump down Amazon
The New York Stock Exchange struggles to rebound early Wednesday, Nasdaq being weakened again by the difficulties of the technology sector while the aversion to risk favors the decline in bond yields.
After three quarters of an hour of trading, the Dow Jones index gained 32.09 points, or 0.13%, to 23,889.8 points, the Standard & Poor's 500 is virtually unchanged at 2,613.76 points but the Nasdaq Composite retreats 0.33% to 6,985.67 points.
Technology stocks benefit among other things from the rebound of Facebook, which gains 1.9% after having announced that it will undertake a redesign of its procedures for the management of personal data for its users, a measure supposed to ensure the latter a control increased.
The security has dropped nearly 18% over the last seven sessions mainly because of the impact of the Cambridge Analytica case, the name of the company that collected the private data of 50 million of its users.
On the downside, Amazon is down 4.36%, its largest decline in two years, while, according to the news site Axios, President Donald Trump has spoken to his entourage his willingness to change the tax treatment enjoyed by the giant of online commerce.
Apple and Intel sell respectively 1.06% and 2.36%.
On the front of international trade tensions, while the hope of a negotiated solution had rather favored the equity markets on Monday and Tuesday, it dissipated with the information of the Chinese press that Beijing is preparing retaliatory measures for carry a "rough blow" to Washington.
In the face of the stock pullback, the yield on the 10-year Treasuries continued its decline: it fell at the start of the day to a seven-week low of 2.743%.
The dollar benefits from the upward revision of US gross domestic product (GDP) figures in the fourth quarter, which shows that growth slowed less sharply than first estimates suggested, the buoyancy of household consumption partially offsetting the negative effect of increased imports.
The greenback gains 0.46% against a basket of reference currencies. Meanwhile, the euro drops 0.44% to 1.2348 dollar.
TESLA YET DOWN
Of the other values that are shifting at the outset, Blackberry takes 0.65% after posting exceptional quarterly earnings exceeding expectations, a result supported by improved margins on software sales and services.
After already losing 8.2% on Tuesday, Tesla is still down 5.08%. The US car group is under investigation after a fatal accident involving one of its vehicles. The rating agency Moody's lowered its rating to B3 against B2 with a "negative" outlook because of delays in production of its Model 3 sedan and liquidity problems.
The rise of the Dow Jones and S & P 500 has allowed European markets to regain ground. The Paris CAC 40, which lost nearly 1% mid-session, is close to balance and the Stoxx 600 advance of 0.19%.
The oil market is retreating while waiting for the weekly figures of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on stocks in the United States, at 14:30 GMT. The May contract on Brent, which matures on Thursday, is trading below the $ 70 mark and the US light crude (West Texas Intermediate, WTI) below $ 65.
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Cambridge Analytica's Facebook data models survived until 2017 .
Facebook may have succeeded in getting Cambridge Analytica to delete millions of users' data in January 2016, but the information based on that data appears to have survived for much longer. In a response to the Guardian, a Cambridge Analytica spokesperson denied that there was a "secret cache," and said that it had started looking for and deleting derivatives of that data after the initial wipe, finishing in April 2017. It was a "lengthy process," the company claimed.