DOJ, FBI Launch Federal Probe Into Cambridge Analytica

Glen Norman
May 16, 2018

"Although Facebook says Mr Zuckerberg has no plans to travel to the United Kingdom, we would also be open to taking his evidence by video link, if that would be the only way to do this". The data was only supposed to be accessible through an approved research platform, but has since been discovered on a website with little to no protection.

Aside from the data set, the application was also able to collect information from around 22 million status updates from more than 150,000 users.

Federal investigators have reportedly questioned potential witnesses, including former employees and banks that conducted business with the company, a US official and other people familiar with the probe told the Times.


Facebook users who shared personal details, like the conclusions from a psychological test, with the popular app myPersonality had their results stored on a vulnerable website with "insufficient security provisions" for four years, according to an article in New Scientist. "It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 - just as we did for Cambridge Analytica".

Their criticism follows an announcement by regulators that they are going to pursue their investigation into scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica despite the firm announcing its collapse.

SYDELL: Facebook says it asked Cambridge Analytica to delete data in 2015. Alexander Kogan who is at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica situation was also listed on this project as a collaborator until 2014. The move was made in response to a scandal around Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy firm. First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data.


Bangkok has more Facebook users than any city in the world, and Thailand must begin privacy laws.

The company reportedly used the Facebook data it obtained to create data models for clients, including the Trump campaign.

"We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible", Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, said in the announcement.


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