3 million in Pa. impacted by Facebook information sharing, AG says

Leroy Wright
May 4, 2018

The office also promised to "monitor closely any successor companies", meaning that the people behind Cambridge Analytica wouldn't be able to avoid scrutiny simply by incorporating under a new name.

Damian Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee in the UK House of Commons, implied on Twitter there is a risk Cambridge Analytica might try to delete data important to the investigation.

Stein's office says 2,521,064 North Carolinians' data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, the company at the center of the data breach scandal, and other parties.

"Over the past several months, Cambridge Analytica has been the subject of numerous unfounded accusations and, despite the company's efforts to correct the record, has been vilified for activities that are not only legal, but also widely accepted as a standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arenas", the company's statement said.

Earlier this week, the committee sent a strongly worded letter to Facebook, with 40 questions that had not yet been answered in its testimony, and a deadline of May 11 for Mark Zuckerberg to agree to give evidence directly to the committee before May 24, failing which a formal summons could be issued to him.

"Cambridge Analytica specialises in disinformation!"

Ahead of the United States presidential election in 2016, Cambridge Analytica used its Facebook data to build psychological profiles on a large portion of the electorate.

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Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that the data provisions act requires services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.

Wednesday's news release announcing the decision lists only Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections, not the parent company.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which has been looking into the British firm's handling of data harvested from millions of Facebook users, and raided its offices in March, said the inquiry would continue.

Cambridge Analytica sought information on Facebook to build psychological profiles on a large portion of the USA electorate.

The ousted Cambridge Analytica's CEO, Alexander Nix was listed as a director of Emerdata in February, until the firm chose to severe ties with him in March. Facebook's policies allowed developers to access the personal data of "friends" of people who used certain applications - without the knowledge or consent of the users.

However, Cambridge Analytica abused Facebook's system and gathered the data of over 87 million people in total.

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