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image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption cambridge analytica's ceo answered british mps' questions about election influence last month the attorney general for the us state of massachusetts is launching an investigation into alleged harvesting of facebook profiles by a firm employed by donald trump's election campaign.investigations by the observer and new york times newspapers claim details from 50 million profiles were gathered without the users' knowledge.the company, cambridge analytica, was suspended from facebook on friday.both facebook and cambridge analytica deny any wrongdoing.the american data analysis firm - which is not associated with the famous british university - is well known for the role it played in president trump's election campaign, where it provided intricate data on






facebook suspends data firm that helped trump campaign


facebook inc. said it suspended cambridge analytica, a data firm that helped president donald trump with the 2016 election, after learning that it misled the social-media giant and violated its policy for handling user data.facebook said late friday that it been given information that cambridge analytica, along with two individuals who don’t work there, improperly kept facebook user data for years despite telling the social network that it had destroyed those records. facebook didn’t say how cambridge analytica used that...






facebook bans trump-affiliated data firm cambridge analytica


facebook is suspending cambridge analytica, a data-analysis firm that worked for the trump campaign, while it investigates whether the company held onto improperly obtained user data after telling facebook it had deleted the information.the social network said in a blog post that the firm violated its policies by receiving user data from a facebook app created by a university of cambridge professor.but while cambridge analytica certified in 2015 that it had destroyed the wayward data, facebook said, the social network received reports “several days ago” that not all the data was deleted.cambridge analytica claims to build psychological profiles based on personal details from millions of americans that can categorize individual voters. the company has surfaced on several occasions in probes






facebook data of 50m users exploited by trump data firm, say reports; firm suspe


facebook suspended the account of cambridge analytica amid reports the data of 50 million facebook users may have been exploited, raises troubling new questions about facebook's role in targeting voters during the u.s. presidential election.        






facebook bans trump campaign's data firm, cambridge analytica, for taking user d


in a fifth avenue office near trump tower, a company being paid millions of dollars by donald trump's presidential campaign says it has developed a political weapon powerful enough to help the republican nominee overcome his troubles and win the white house. the key is a psychological model for... (michael kranish)






facebook bans trump-affiliated data firm cambridge analytica


facebook suspended cambridge analytica, a data-analysis firm that worked for president donald trump’s 2016 campaign, over allegations that it held onto improperly obtained user data after telling facebook it had deleted the information.the social network issued a blog post explaining its decision, although the tale is convoluted. years ago, facebook said, cambridge analytica received user data from a facebook app that purported to be a psychological research tool, though the firm wasn’t authorized to have that information. roughly 270,000 people downloaded the app and shared their personal details with it, facebook said.cambridge analytica later certified in 2015 that it had destroyed the information that it received, according to facebook, although the social network said it received repo






facebook suspends cambridge analytica for failing to delete user data


facebook inc. said it suspended cambridge analytica, a data firm that helped president donald trump with the 2016 election, after learning that it misled the social-media giant and violated its policy for handling user data.facebook said late friday it been given information that cambridge analytica, along with two individuals who don’t work there, improperly kept facebook user data for years despite telling the social network that it had destroyed those records. facebook didn’t say how cambridge analytica used that data...






facebook suspends cambridge analytica for failing to delete user data


facebook inc. said it suspended cambridge analytica, a data firm that helped president donald trump with the 2016 election, after learning that it misled the social-media giant and violated its policy for handling user data.facebook said late friday that it been given information that cambridge analytica, along with two individuals who don’t work there, improperly kept facebook user data for years despite telling the social network that it had destroyed those records. facebook didn’t say how cambridge analytica used that...






trump campaign-linked data firm cambirdge analytica reportedly collected info on


facebook said on thursday it had suspended a data analytics firm associated with the trump campaign, but may have indeed greatly downplayed the scale of the data that firm actually had access to, according to a new report in the new york times.cambridge analytica had worked with university of cambridge psychology professor named dr. aleksandr kogan, who had developed an app called “thisisyourdigitallife” and obtained user information — which the times is reporting scooped up information on profiles of as many as 50 million users. late friday, facebook acknowledged that 270,000 people downloaded the app, which used facebook login and granted access to users’ geographic information. but just one person — with hundreds of friends — allowing access to a personal information through an app, cir






trump campaign-linked data firm cambridge analytica reportedly collected info on


facebook said on thursday it had suspended a data analytics firm associated with the trump campaign, but may have indeed greatly downplayed the scale of the data that firm actually had access to, according to a new report in the new york times.cambridge analytica had worked with university of cambridge psychology professor named dr. aleksandr kogan, who had developed an app called “thisisyourdigitallife” and obtained user information — which the times is reporting scooped up information on profiles of as many as 50 million users. late friday, facebook acknowledged that 270,000 people downloaded the app, which used facebook login and granted access to users’ geographic information. but just one person — with hundreds of friends — allowing access to a personal information through an app, cir






court to facebook: stop harvesting users' whatsapp personal data without consent


whatsapp may not transfer the data of its 35 million german users to facebook. image: istock facebook has lost its bid to collect the personal data of whatsapp users in germany -- for now.in august last year, facebook-owned whatsapp changed its terms and privacy policy to say that the parent company would gain access to users' telephone numbers and other pieces of data, such as the mobile operating system being used, the user's phone number, and screen resolution.the idea was to improve facebook's ad targeting and to make it easier for the social network to suggest friend connections. who's afraid of whatsapp? the senate estimates committee focus on the security of whatsapp missed two key issues. secure communications is a people problem. and does it even have to be 'secure' in the first p






trump data chief to talk to house russia panel


washington — the data and digital director for president donald trump's campaign said friday he will speak with the house intelligence committee later this month as part of its russia probe.brad parscale said in a statement that he is "unaware of any russian involvement" in the data and digital operations of trump's campaign. he said he is voluntarily appearing before the panel and looks forward to "sharing with them everything i know."rep. adam schiff, the top democrat on the house intelligence committee, says lawmakers are reviewing whether trump campaign's team worked with russians in any capacity, including to distribute "fake news.""we are very interested in finding out whether there was an effort to make use of data analytics — whether there was russian funding or support for that, o






facebook suspends trump-connected data analysis firm cambridge analytica


facebook suspended the accounts of cambridge analytica and its parent company after being tipped off that they had not deleted user data as promised.        






facebook suspends trump-connected data analysis firm cambridge analytica


facebook announced the suspension of the accounts of cambridge analytica and its parent company late friday after being tipped off that they had not deleted user data as promised.        






facebook fined by french privacy watchdog over data


france’s privacy watchdog on tuesday slapped facebook inc. with a €150,000 ($165,616) fine, alleging the social media giant’s 2015 privacy policy breaches french data protection rules. facebook compiles massive amounts of personal data for targeted advertising without granting users the option of objecting, the watchdog said. the regulator also accused facebook of collecting data on users’ browsing activity on third-party websites...






facebook suspends cambridge analytica, the data analysis firm that worked on the


facebook announced late friday that it had suspended the account of strategic communication laboratories, and its political data analytics firm cambridge analytica — which used facebook data to target voters for president donald trump’s campaign in the 2016 election. in a statement released by paul grewal, the company’s vice president and deputy general counsel, facebook explained that the suspension was the result of a violation of its platform policies. the company noted that the very unusual step of a public blog post explaining the decision to act against cambridge analytica was due to “the public prominence of this organization.”facebook claims that back in 2015 cambridge analytica obtained facebook user information without approval from the social network through work the company did






facebook suspends cambridge analytica, the data analysis firm that worked for th


over the past few days, facebook said it received reports (from sources it would not identify) that not all of the data cambridge analytica, kogan, and wylie collected had been deleted. while facebook investigates the matter further, the company said it had taken the step to suspend the cambridge analytica account.the uk-based cambridge analytica played a pivotal role in the u.s. presidential election, according to its own chief executive’s admission in an interview with techcrunch late last year.in the interview, cambridge analytica’s chief executive alexander nix said that his company had detailed hundreds of thousands of psychographic profiles of americans throughout 2014 and 2015 (the time when the company was working with sen. ted cruz on his campaign).…we used psychographics all thro






how trump consultants exploited the facebook data of millions


cambridge analytica harvested private information from the facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, making it one of the largest data leaks in the social network’s history.london — as the upstart voter-profiling company cambridge analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 u.s. midterm elections, it had a problem.the firm had secured a $15 million investment from robert mercer, the wealthy republican donor, and wooed his political adviser, stephen k. bannon, with the promise of tools that could identify the personalities of u.s. voters and influence their behavior. but it did not have the data to make its new products work.so the firm harvested private information from the facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, according to f






trump data chief to talk to house russia panel


washington (ap) — the data and digital director for president donald trump’s campaign said friday he will speak with the house intelligence committee later this month as part of its russia probe.brad parscale said in a statement that he is “unaware of any russian involvement” in the data and digital operations of trump’s campaign. he said he is voluntarily appearing before the panel and looks forward to “sharing with them everything i know.”rep. adam schiff, the top democratic on the house intelligence committee, says lawmakers are reviewing whether trump campaign’s team worked with russians in any way, including to distribute “fake news.”“we are very interested in finding out whether there was an effort to make use of data analytics — whether there was russian funding or support for that,






exposed gop database demonstrates the risks of data-hungry political campaigns


since november, the trump campaign’s possibly brilliant, maybe-just-lucky data strategy launched a thousand thinkpieces. now, we’ve got a more intimate look at that data than we were ever meant to have.as discovered by chris vickery, a cyber risk analyst at upguard, and reported by gizmodo, an analytics firm hired by the republican national committee left the data of 198 million u.s. voters sitting out in the open on a public server. the more than a terabyte of data, owned by deep root analytics, included personal identifying information like birth dates, home addresses and phone numbers as well as demographic info like ethnicity and religion.upguard’s blog explains how the firm came across the unprotected data:“in the early evening of june 12th, upguard cyber risk analyst chris vickery di






facebook bans use of user data for surveillance


facebook inc. said on monday that data about its users cannot be used for surveillance, cracking down on a method police departments allegedly used to track protesters and activists.the social-media company updated its data policies to explicitly prohibit using “data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance.” facebook didn’t define surveillance in the policies.the move comes a few months after the...






election tech: the truth about the impact of political big data


image: getty images/istockphoto "nonsense," laughed a former senior trumpworld technology staffer. "look, i'm not saying they lied but for cambridge analytica to run victory laps and claim they won the election for trump is a huge exaggeration. data can do a lot of things, but there's a limit to how effective [data] is. cambridge analytica's claims went far beyond that limit."the comments echo sentiment shared by a handful of gop operatives, former trump campaign workers, and current white house digital staffers that big data analytics firm cambridge analytica exaggerated its role in the campaign. moreover, many insiders claim the company's use of psychographic voter data was exaggerated. "it's all well and good to [employ] engineers," said one operative, "but what was the real value propo






the ceo of cambridge analytica plans a book on its methods, and the us election


alexander nix, the ceo of cambridge analytica (ca) plans to publish a book on his firm’s approach to online campaigning, and its role in the u.s. election. in an exclusive interview with techcrunch he says the book will “talk about our methodology and our approach to communications” in technical terms, and go into how the firm is using psychographics in its campaigns online.the book, with the working title “mad men to maths men,” (in reference to the hit tv drama) will be coming out in germany first, and later internationally.in an extensive interview with techcrunch, published here, nix goes into depth about his company’s position on data, the u.s. election, its ties with the trump campaign and addresses its alleged ties with russia.he says that “old school” traditional creative-led agenc






the ceo of cambridge analytica plans a book on its methods, and the us election


alexander nix, the ceo of cambridge analytica (ca) plans to publish a book on his firm’s approach to online campaigning, and it’s role in the us election. in an exclusive interview with techcrunch he says the book will “talk about our methodology and our approach to communications” in technical terms, and go into how the firm is using psychographics in its campaigns online.the book, with the working title “mad men to maths men,” (in reference to the hit tv drama) will be coming out in germany first, and later internationally.in an extensive interview with techcrunch, published here, nix goes into depth about his company’s position on data, the us election, its ties with the trump campaign and addresses its alleged ties with russia.he says that “old school” traditional creative-led agencies






the ceo of cambridge analytica plans a book on its methods, and the us election


alexander nix, the ceo of cambridge analytica (ca) plans to publish a book on his firm’s approach to online campaigning, and it’s role in the us election. in an exclusive interview with techcrunch he says the book will “talk about our methodology and our approach to communications” in technical terms, and go into how the firm is using psychographics in its campaigns online.the book, with the working title “mad men to maths men,” (in reference to the hit tv drama) will be coming out in germany first, and later internationally.in an extensive interview with techcrunch, published here, nix goes into depth about his company’s position on data, the us election, its ties with the trump campaign and addresses its alleged ties with russia.he says that “old school” traditional creative-led agencies






hedge fund coatue bets on data science with investment in domino data lab


data scientists at coatue management llc spent the last few years digging into new data sets to gain an edge in investing. now, the firm is betting on data science itself as hedge funds across wall street push into “big data” analysis to find trading opportunities.the hedge fund led a $27 million funding round for a company called domino data lab inc., a san francisco startup founded by bridgewater associates lp alumni, the...






julian assange confirms wikileaks was approached by data firm working for trump


the editor of wikileaks is confirming that the group was approached by a data firm working for president donald trump's campaign during the 2016 election.julian assange says on twitter that cambridge analytica reached out to his group prior to last november, but wikileaks rejected the company's "approach." assange isn't specifying the content of that approach.he issued the tweet after a news website, the daily beast, reported that cambridge analytica ceo alexander nix reached out to assange during the presidential campaign about the possible release of 33,000 of hillary clinton's missing emails. those emails have never been publicly released.robert mercer, a billionaire trump supporter, is a backer of cambridge analytica. former white house strategist steve bannon served as a vice presiden






data firm ceo: reached out to wikileaks about clinton emails


washington — a data firm that worked for president donald trump's campaign reached out to wikileaks during the campaign about obtaining emails related to democrat hillary clinton, the company's ceo said.alexander nix, ceo of cambridge analytica, said the approach was in "early june 2016" after wikileaks editor julian assange had publicly claimed he had clinton emails and planned to publish them. nix said his company asked a speaker's agency representing assange whether wikileaks "might share that information," but assange turned him down.nix's comments thursday at the web summit technology conference in lisbon, portugal, were his first acknowledgement that he had sought emails from wikileaks. assange had previously told the associated press that wikileaks had rejected a "request for inform






election tech: the truth about the impact of political big data


image: getty images/istockphoto "nonsense," laughed a former senior trumpworld technology staffer. "look, i'm not saying they lied but for cambridge analytica to run victory laps and claim they won the election for trump is a huge exaggeration. data can do a lot of things, but there's a limit to how effective it is. cambridge analytica's claims went far beyond that limit."the comments echo sentiment shared by a handful of gop operatives, former trump campaign workers, and current white house digital staffers that big data analytics firm cambridge analytica exaggerated its role in the campaign. moreover, many insiders claim the company's use of psychographic voter data was vastly overstated. "it's all well and good to [employ] engineers," said one operative, "but what was the real value pro






your facebook data may have been harvested to help research firm tip election fo


a data analysis company credited with helping donald trump win the election turned social media into a “propaganda machine” using data harvested from thousands of quasi-volunteers who perform simple online tasks.those workers, known as “turkers,” started chattering on message boards in 2014 about an offer to pay them $1 or $2 to complete a survey through facebook, reported the intercept.the offer itself wasn’t usual, because mechanical turk freelancers — who are paid small amounts to perform rote tasks computers cannot — are frequently hired to complete online surveys for marketers, researchers or even artists.but this survey, which was posted by global science research and limited only to americans, required turkers to download a facebook app that sucked up information about where they we






whatsapp will not share user data with facebook until it complies with gdpr, ico


facebook, its popular messaging app whatsapp, and the uk’s information commissioner’s office (ico) have reached a truce in their long-running investigation over how facebook and whatsapp share user data. the ico today announced that it has closed its investigation and concluded that whatsapp and facebook, in fact, cannot share user data at present. the two most significant upshots of this: whatsapp (and facebook) will not be fined; and the ico has gotten whatsapp to sign an undertaking in which it has committed publicly not to share personal data with facebook until the two services can do it in a way that is compliant with general data protection regulation (gdpr).“data protection law does not prevent a company from sharing personal data – they just have to follow the legal requirements,”






facebook says its data can’t be used for ‘surveillance’


new york (ap) — facebook is prohibiting developers from using the massive amount of data it collects on users for surveillance. this includes using such data to monitor activists and protesters.the company said monday that it is making an existing policy “explicit.” facebook says it has already taken action against developers who created or marketed tools meant to be used for surveillance.last fall, the american civil liberties union obtained records that facebook and its instagram service provided user data access to geofeedia, which develops a monitoring product marketed to law enforcement. the aclu said at the time that while both instagram and facebook cut off access after finding out about this, facebook did not have a “public policy specifically prohibiting developers” from taking us






facebook says its data can't be used for 'surveillance'


new york — facebook is prohibiting developers from using the massive amount of data it collects on users for surveillance. this includes using such data to monitor activists and protesters.the company said monday that it is making an existing policy "explicit." facebook says it has already taken action against developers who created or marketed tools meant to be used for surveillance.last fall, the american civil liberties union obtained records that facebook and its instagram service provided user data access to geofeedia, which develops a monitoring product marketed to law enforcement. the aclu said at the time that while both instagram and facebook cut off access after finding out about this, facebook did not have a "public policy specifically prohibiting developers" from taking user da






facebook fined $166,000 for breach of french privacy laws


paris — france's independent privacy watchdog has fined facebook for breaching french privacy laws by tracking and using the personal data of 33 million users, as well as non-users who browse the internet.the national commission on informatics and liberties imposed sanctions of 150,000 euros ($166,000) on the social networking company tuesday for failing to comply with french data protection laws after a formal warning last year.the commission said in a statement that facebook carries out a "massive compilation of personal data" for targeted advertising "without a legal base." it says users have no means of objecting.the watchdog has accused facebook of collecting data about account holders' "political or religious opinions" and "sexual orientation" without informing them.french facebook r






how to select a reliable, secure data recovery firm


routine data storage, data backup and data recovery after a system breakdown—whether the latter is caused by internal or external sources—are all distinctly different functions. but they are equally important to an enterprise it system.if a storage system cannot automatically rebound by restoring all the company’s data in a timely fashion—which means minutes or hours, not days or weeks—then it’s virtually worthless, because every minute a system is down means the company isn’t doing business and instead is losing extremely valuable time and money.in any discussion of an it disaster-recovery scenario, it professionals are concerned with losses or corruption of data that is still under the company’s control. some of the impacts of such a loss are:missing customer data can erode the firm’s br






whatsapp's data sharing with facebook not compliant with data protection laws


last year, the article 29 working party (wp29), which consists of all the leaders of the national data protection agencies in the european union, started investigating whatsapp over its data sharing with facebook. following its investigation, the group sent a letter to facebook in which it notified the company that whatsapp is still not abiding by european union (eu) privacy laws.facebook’s non-compliance with data protection lawthe wp29 noted in its letter that facebook is still not compliant with the old data protection directive (a more generic piece of legislation which eu members can implement however they see fit), nor the newer general data protection regulation (a piece of legislation that all eu countries have to implement in the same way), which passed last year and will go into






clyde stubblefield, “funky drummer” for james brown, dies


the man known as james brown’s “funky drummer” passed away over the weekend. clyde stubblefield, who created one of the most sampled drum breaks in music, died of kidney failure saturday (feb. 18), according to the associated press.stubblefield’s collaborations with brown include classics like, “say it loud i’m black and i’m proud, “ain’t it funky now,” “i got the feelin,’” and the sex machine album.but it was “funky drummer” that extended his legacy into hip-hop with samples on public enemy’s “fight the power,” ll cool j’s “mama said,” dr. dre’s “let me ride,” and more.prince also used “funky drummer” in 1991’s “gangster glam,” and secretly paid stubblefiled’s medical bills after learning that he was suffering from cancer in 2000.read: that time prince, michael jackson & james brown s