Cambridge Analytica whistleblower testifies before Senate

17 May, 2018, 00:17 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Cambridge Analytica whistleblower warns of 'new Cold War' online

The European Parliament has requested Zuckerberg appear before the assembly a couple of times, and it appears he has finally agreed.

The California-based social network has faced worldwide scrutiny in the wake of the scandal, in which personal data from 87 million users were leaked from the site and allegedly improperly handled by political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating the data breach.

Following a rigorous session of tough questioning from United Kingdom legislators, Schroepfer was sent home with the message that he had failed to address 39 questions that the Committee wanted answers to.

Facebook's head of public policy Rebecca Stimson wrote a letter to the Committee, explaining that the company had provided information on its approach to data collection and privacy all across the globe, suggesting that after his grilling by United States senators Zuckerberg doesn't need to face questions from UK MPs.

He is expected to meet EU party leaders as well as members of the EU Parliament's civil liberties committee as part of his evidence session.

While Facebook continues its public attempt to recover from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it appears a new, unrelated leak on the social media network exposed the data of around 3 million people.


MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) said it was "absolutely astonishing" that Facebook's chief executive refused to appear before the committee. The Verge features that the information gathering venture may have started in 2009 and there was some dialog of Cambridge Analytica gaining the information, however clearly it was turned down because of its inclusion in legislative issues.

Mr Zuckerberg is likely meet European Union politicians in the same week as he attends a summit in France with President Emmanuel Macron.

If Facebook finds any apps that have misused user data, then those impacted will be notified via a special web page, which will let users know if either their data or their friends' data was compromised because of a particular app.

The Times said it was unclear whether the probe was linked to the one led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Facebook did not immediately provide detail on which apps were suspended or how many people had used them.

The revelations have striking similarities to the now notorious thisisyourdigitallife case in which Cambridge University professor Alexandr Kogan is said to have broken Facebook's former terms of service by sharing data he harvested on 50 million users with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

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