United Kingdom investigating Cambridge Analytica, Facebook

Cambridge Analytica denied misusing Facebook data for the Trump campaign

Cambridge Analytica denied misusing Facebook data for the Trump campaign

Facebook's chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned by a UK Parliamentary Committee probing the data breach of over 50 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, a British data analytics company.

And according to Reuters, Alex Stamos - who is now Facebook's chief information security officer - could leave the company by August.

The commissioner said she was investigating possible breaches of privacy in the company's use of Facebook data.

"I believe the Judiciary Committee needs to look into exactly what happened", Feinstein said. Facebook maintains that the use of the data wasn't a "data breach", since the data was voluntarily provided. It also denied any wrongdoing over the Facebook data it acquired from Cambridge University psychology professor Alex Kogan. "I am also hopeful he will support document requests to Cambridge Analytica and Trump campaign officials".

In addition, attorneys general of USA states MA and CT have launched investigations into the handling of Facebook data, while the attorney general's office in California-where Facebook is headquartered-revealed their concerns about the matter.

NY and MA attorneys general are demanding that Facebook hand over information about how Cambridge Analytica used its data.

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office said Monday that it was trying to obtain a warrant to search the offices of Cambridge Analytica in London.

In May 2014, access to friends data was restricted by Facebook in a platform upgrade, the DPC said.

Facebook said in a statement that if Cambridge Analytica still held the data it would be a "grave violation of Facebook's policies". "They were anxious that they were going to build their own social networks".

The CBS report stated Cambridge Analytica was employed to do "targeted digital advertising", as well as a "large TV buy" for advertising, but the campaign's digital arm was built around data from the RNC.

A spokeswoman for Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) said that he too is interested in speaking to Wylie.

The data was harvested by an application developed by a British academic, Aleksandr Kogan, the newspapers said. It's also no secret that Cambridge Analytica saw itself on the cutting edge of psychographic profiling.

Executives from Cambridge Analytica spoke to undercover reporters from Channel 4 News about the dark arts used by the company to help clients, which included entrapping rival candidates in fake bribery stings and hiring prostitutes to seduce them.

On Tuesday, Wylie said he found Facebook's reaction to the revelations weird. "I must emphatically state that Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called "honeytraps", and nor does it use untrue material for any purposes".

Neither Twitter nor Instagram are accused of using personal data in a similar way to the dispute concerning Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, although one person suggested an extreme approach to data security as the solution.

The move comes after Bloomberg News first reported the FTC could already be investigating.

The firm said Mr Nix's statements "do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view the violation".

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