United Kingdom watchdog orders Cambridge Analytica to hand over American's personal data

08 May, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Cambridge Analytica and its UK parent SCL Elections Ltd on Wednesday said they would cease operations and begin bankruptcy proceedings

The Reuters/Ipsos poll adds to other indications that Facebook has so far suffered no ill effects from the episode, other than a public relations headache. Carroll asked Cambridge Analytica to release his data a year before word got out that the company breached the data of 87 million Facebook users.

It is unlikely, however, that most users would leave social media all together.

Results of the national online poll, which took place between April 26 and April 30, show that around half of US Facebook users had not recently changed the amount they used the site, while a quarter were using it more.

The order comes days after both firms filed for insolvency after reports that Cambridge Analytica had improperly obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge or consent.

Britain's data privacy watchdog has ordered Cambridge Analytica to hand over all the personal information it holds on a U.S. academic, confirming the right of people overseas to seek data held by a United Kingdom firm. Kogan then passed these details along to Cambridge Analytica so that the political ads may be created and introduced to specific users or audiences.

Here's what you need to know about the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook data siphoning fiasco.


However, only 23 percent of Facebook users said they have "total control" over the information they store on the platform, with 49 percent believing they have "some control" and 20 percent said they had "no control".

A mid-April survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute, a USA -based think tank, found that just 27 percent of 3,000 respondents believe Facebook will protect their privacy and user data, down from 79 percent in 2017.

But after Facebook rallied following blow-out first-quarter earnings, sentiment on the stock seems to have turned around.

Seventy-four percent of Facebook users claimed they were aware of their privacy settings and 78 percent said they knew how to change their settings.

The Angus Reid poll revealed that three-quarters of Canadians would change the way they use Facebook as the scandal continues to unfold.

Reuters surveyed people over the age of 18 who have accounts with Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr or Snapchat-or any combination of these.

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