Facebook Document Dump Reveals Dozens of Companies Obtained User Data

Facebook made it known to Congress that it has shared user data with fifty-two IT companies – makers of both hardware and software. The revelation was made in a document dump of more than 700 pages to the House Energy and Commerce Committee late in the day on Friday. The cache of documents consisted of […]

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Facebook Spent $20 Million on Zuckerberg Security in 3 Years

Facebook is paying $9 million to protect its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The figure was revealed in a public filing that shows the social media giant increased the amount paid to secure Zuckerburg more than 50%, going from $5.8 million spent in 2016 to the $9 million figure last year. In all, Facebook has paid over […]

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Facebook Announces Restrictions on Data Access, Admits Number of Accounts Breached Closer to 87 Million

Facebook, in announcing significant changes to its information-sharing features with third-party app developers, has announced that up to 87 million Facebook users – mostly in the U.S. – have had their information inappropriately harvested by political data research firm Cambridge Analytica. The number was previously reported as 50 million by the company. Cambridge Analytica uses […]

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Cambridge Analytica Releases Extended Statement About Role the Data Reseach Firm Played in the 2016 Presidential Election

Cambridge Analytica, the data research firm, has issued an extended statement explaining the types of data the firm used, and didn’t use, during the 2016 presidential election. The firm started working for the Trump campaign in June 2016. It has been under fire after revelations were made that it, along with another firm, Global Science […]

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Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Bragged About Foreign Election Interference in Promotional Materials

The parent company of data research firm Cambridge Analytica, Strategic Communications Laboratories, has bragged about interference-tactics in foreign elections according to promotional materials published by the company. SCL, and its subsidiary, use psychometrics, the study of human characteristics to predict human behavior. They then use information gleaned from things like personality tests to help create […]

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McCabe’s Gone and Facebook Tries to Explain

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe last week in a surprising but not entirely unexpected move.  Similarly, we’ve learned more about the role big data has played in the 2016 election, especially on the social media platform Facebook.  In this episode we discuss the circumstances surrounding McCabe’s firing and why our […]

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Zuckerberg Speaks on Data Breach, Admits Facebook Made Mistakes

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed recent revelations that a data research firm inappropriately accessed and harvested personal data on 50 million Facebook users in the run up to the 2016 presidential election today. The Facebook CEO denied culpability for the breach but acknowledged that ultimately, the company was responsible for the personal information users entrust […]

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More is Revealed about Cambridge Analytica, its Tactics and the Players Involved

Revelations continue to be made about Facebook’s relationship with a data research company that bills itself as a company that help sway votes and win elections for politicians all over the world. Cambridge Analytica, a subsidiary of Strategic Communications Laboratory, has come under fire in recent weeks over revelations that in violation of Facebook’s terms, […]

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