Facebook and Cambridge Analytica accused of personal data abuse

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Series Details March 2018
Publication Date 19/03/2018
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In March 2018 Facebook and the U.S. firm Cambridge Analytica were accused of breaching personal data of over 50 million users. These data were used to target voters with political messages, especially during the 2016 American election and the Brexit campaign.

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On 16 March 2018 Facebook suspended the firm Cambridge Analytica after the 28-year-old whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed how the company harvested personal information of possibly more than 87 thousand Facebook users worldwide (including 2.7 million Europeans) to build a system that could profile individual US voters, in order to target them with personalised political advertisements. The company Cambridge Analytica was also involved in the Brexit campaign.

Facebook said that researchers and Cambridge Analytica lied to it and abused its policies, but critics threw blame at Facebook as well, calling for new regulation.

Moreover, on 19 March European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said the institution will investigate the reports of massive misuse of Facebook’s data for political purposes.

On 20 March, Cambridge Analytica decided to suspend its CEO Alexander Nix since he did not represent the values of the company. Meanwhile, the European Parliament invited Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to speak on data breach.

Related Links
The Guardian, 17.03.18: Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/17/cambridge-analytica-facebook-influence-us-election
Euronews, 19.03.18: Facebook under pressure over 50 million user data breach http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/19/facebook-under-pressure-over-50-million-user-data-breach
Euro|topics, March 2018: Facebook data abuse scandal http://www.eurotopics.net/en/196370/facebook-data-abuse-scandal
BBC News, 18.03.18: Facebook and Trump data firm accused of 'misleading' MPs http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43450127
Politico, 18.03.18: Politicians worldwide raise questions about Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data https://www.politico.eu/article/a-time-of-reckoning-for-facebook-and-politics-online/
Politico, 19.03.18: European Parliament’s Tajani wants Facebook investigation https://www.politico.eu/article/european-parliaments-tajani-wants-facebook-investigation/
EUObserver, 19.03.18: How Facebook data helped Trump and Brexit campaigns https://euobserver.com/tickers/141359
Politico, 19.03.18: Europe’s data protection authorities eye Facebook, Cambridge Analytica https://www.politico.eu/article/europes-authorities-eye-facebook-cambridge-analytica/
EUObserver, 20.03.18: EU to probe UK 'election-rigging' firm https://euobserver.com/justice/141380
BBC News, 20.03.18: Cambridge Analytica: Warrant sought to inspect company http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43465700
The Conversation: Tag: Cambridge Analytica https://theconversation.com/uk/topics/cambridge-analytica-51337
Euronews, 20.03.18: Facebook's Zuckerberg summoned by UK Parliament over Cambridge Analytica scandal http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/20/facebook-s-zuckerberg-summoned-to-uk-parliament-committee-over-cambridge-analytica-scandal
Euronews, 05.04.18: Facebook data leak affects 87 million users http://www.euronews.com/2018/04/05/facebook-data-leak-affects-87-million-users
Euro|topics, March 2018: Colossal abuse of Facebook data http://www.eurotopics.net/en/196370/colossal-abuse-of-facebook-data
Euro|topics, March 2018: Backlash against Facebook http://www.eurotopics.net/en/196370/backlash-against-facebook
European Council on Foreign Relations: Podcast, 23.03.18: Cambridge Analytica scandal http://www.ecfr.eu/podcasts/episode/cambridge_analytica_scandal
European Parliament: Press Release, 18.04.18: MEPs urge Facebook CEO to come to European Parliament http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20180412IPR01606/
Chathma House: Video, 28.06.18: Cyber Conference 2018: In Conversation with Christopher Wylie https://www.chathamhouse.org/file/cyber-conference-2018-conversation-christopher-wylie
Reuters, 18.03.18: Facebook critics want regulation, investigation after data misuse https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-cambridge-analytica-regulati/facebook-critics-want-regulation-investigation-after-data-misuse-idUKKCN1GU01A?il=0
EurActiv, 19.03.18: Facebook under pressure as EU lawmakers announce probes into data harvesting https://www.euractiv.com/section/data-protection/news/facebook-under-pressure-as-eu-lawmakers-announce-probes-into-cambridge-analytica-data-harvesting/
Carnegie Europe: Strategic Europe, 21.03.18: Judy Asks: Is Social Media Above the Law? http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/?fa=75852
Politico, 20.03.18: Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO Alexander Nix https://www.politico.eu/article/cambridge-analytica-boss-boasts-about-role-in-trump-campaign/
EurActiv, 21.03.18: EU parliament invites Facebook’s Zuckerberg to speak on data breach https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/eu-parliament-invites-facebooks-zuckerberg-to-speak-on-data-breach/
EurActiv, 06.04.18: Cambridge Analytica harvested 2.7 million Facebook users’ data in the EU https://www.euractiv.com/section/data-protection/news/cambridge-analytica-harvested-2-7-million-facebook-users-data-in-the-eu/

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