UK: Investigators raid Cambridge Analytica's offices

26 March, 2018, 02:32 | Author: Larry Hoffman
  • The academic behind the app which harvested data from 50 million Facebook users said Wednesday he was being used as a scapegoat in the

India's information technology minister last week warned against any abuse of social media in elections, following reports that the analytics firm improperly accessed information on millions of Facebook users to target USA voters.

Investigators from the Information Commissioner's Office have searched the London offices of Cambridge Analytica and seized files and servers. The Congress then denied the allegation and claimed that the BJP and its current ruling ally in Bihar, JD (U), had engaged the data firm in elections, including in 2014.

It stems from claims over the harvesting of personal data - and whether it was used during Donald Trump's United States presidential campaign or the Brexit referendum.

TRS wins all three Rajya Sabha seats from Telangana
The TMC bagged four Rajya Sabha seats in West Bengal, in taking its total seats in the House to 13 from the previous 12. Elections on the remaining 58 seats were held because those holding them will retire in April.

"This is just one part of a larger investigation into the use of personal data and analytics for political purposes", the Information Commissioner's Office said late Friday after receiving the warrant. Judge Leonard told the court he will outline his reasons for granting the application next Tuesday. The social networking site also assured damage control by sharing that "a comprehensive audit" of Cambridge Analytica will be conducted by a digital forensics firm called Stroz Friedberg.

Earlier this month Denham told a United Kingdom parliamentary committee that's also running an investigation into fake news that she hoped to publish her review of digital political ad targeting this May. US lawmakers on Friday asked Mr. Zuckerberg to come to Congress to explain to explain how the data got into Cambridge Analytica's hands, adding to pressure on the firm.

Nix was suspended this week following the Facebook revelations and a further media sting in which he boasts about entrapping politicians and secretly operating in elections around the world through shadowy front companies. Please can I be absolutely clear: "we did not use any GSR data in the work we did in the 2016 USA presidential election", he further claims.

Turkey's Erdogan Vows Wider Offensive Against US-Backed Syrian Kurds
Department of State's spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said Thursday that the U.S. and Turkey have not reached an agreement yet. The military offered condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers and wished injured soldiers a speedy recovery.

He apologised for the firm's involvement, but said it had licensed the data from a research company, led by an academic, that "had not received consent from most respondents".

The investigation by the ICO is expected to intensify after they analyze the records and data held by Cambridge Analytica.

The Indian government asks Cambridge Analytica to answer six questions about the company's activity in this country.

Trump passes $1.3 trillion spending bill to avert shut down
A third lapse would be deeply embarrassing for a Republican-controlled Congress facing mid-term elections in November. Five times since October, lawmakers have had to pass stopgap funding legislation to keep the government's lights on.

"[CA] believed that the data had been obtained in line with Facebook's terms of service and data protection laws", writes Taylor.


  • Bombing ahead of Egypt vote kills two policemen in Alexandria

    Bombing ahead of Egypt vote kills two policemen in Alexandria

    It has also killed scores of members of Egypt's minority Coptic Christian community in church bombings and shootings. The suspected auto bomb, which also wounded at least four people, targeted the motorcade, the source said.

    Trump tariffs undermine trust in rules-based global commerce

    Lee said the most likely scenario is that the two countries will gradually reach a consensus, but added that U.S. The tensions reflect the dueling nationalistic ambitions of Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.
    Amsterdam police arrest 90 England fans

    Amsterdam police arrest 90 England fans

    Jesse Lingard's maiden worldwide goal secured victory for England , who are next in action against Italy on Wednesday (AEDT). In a statement, police said: 'Some were arrested because they were throwing beer bottles in the direction of officers.
  • Trump orders banning of transgender troops from military in most cases

    Trump orders banning of transgender troops from military in most cases

    The policy announcement outraged advocates for transgender troops, and the advocates vowed to fight the limits in court. The order to reverse President Obama's policy was blocked by federal judges who said it was probably unconstitutional.
    Expelled Russian diplomats in nerve agent crisis leave Britain

    Expelled Russian diplomats in nerve agent crisis leave Britain

    The father and daughter remain in a critical condition in hospital following their exposure to the lethal nerve agent, Novichok . Responding to Russia's decision to expel the diplomats, Britain said it had "anticipated" the move.
    Taoiseach travels to Berlin to discuss Brexit with German Chancellor

    Taoiseach travels to Berlin to discuss Brexit with German Chancellor

    Polish President Andrzej Duda (right) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) meet in Warsaw on Monday. He said in an interview with the tabloid Bild last week that "Islam does not belong to Germany".
  • Amid

    Amid "Harassment" Row, Pakistan Envoy Returns to Delhi, Calls For Dialogue

    The global scenario had changed manifold and now countries could not be coerced to toe line of one particular country, he added. Various aeroplanes belonging to Army Aviation and Pakistan Air Force demonstrated aerobatic feats for the audience.
    Liquidation sales begin at area Toys R Us stores

    Liquidation sales begin at area Toys R Us stores

    The chain, unable to compete with the likes of Amazon and Walmart, announced last week it would begin liquidating USA outlets . With 16 consecutive quarters of sales growth in toys, Target had picked up market share well before the Toys R Us bankruptcy.
    United States  dollar slides, yields slip, stocks steady after Fed meeting

    United States dollar slides, yields slip, stocks steady after Fed meeting

    The Federal Open Market Committee is expected to lift its key interest rate during its two-day policy meeting ending Wednesday. SPX gained 0.46 percent to 2,729.57 and the Nasdaq Composite .
  • World markets tumble on growing trade war fears

    World markets tumble on growing trade war fears

    The S&P 500 posted two new 52-week highs and 42 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 23 new highs and 93 new lows. Technology and industrial companies, basic materials makers and health care companies also fell sharply.
    Sacramento on edge after cops fatally shoot unarmed black man

    Sacramento on edge after cops fatally shoot unarmed black man

    The group marched through downtown streets, chanting and speaking out against "wrongful deaths of black Americans by police". Protests continued in Sacramento , Calif., on Friday following Sunday's fatal police shooting of 22-year-old Stephon Clark .
    YouTube updates its policies on videos featuring guns

    YouTube updates its policies on videos featuring guns

    In addition, Cohen admitted that with YouTube's music service, it hopes to put an end to criticism from the music industry . Listening to music videos on YouTube will remain free, but the ad blitz will make it far more frustrating - by design.


Black Panther Can't Stop, Won't Stop Breaking Records
Only seven films have ever even passed the $600 million mark in this market, so it was already in pretty rare company. That's a feat only ever matched by Avatar , the highest-grossing movie of all time .

Irish Protesters To Rally For US Gun Control
The Toronto protest coincided with at least 16 rallies planned in other Canadian cities, from coast-to-coast. Sophie Conde, a Centennial High School junior from Frisco, is an organizer of Saturday's march in Dallas .

Netflix Adds a Warning Video to '13 Reasons Why'
It looks as though 13 Reasons Why could be as hard-hitting as ever when it returns for its second series on Netflix. And over 50 percent of parents are looking for more resources, prompting Netflix to launch 13ReasonsWhy.Info.

Short finned pilot whale euthanised after re-stranding near Augusta
The surviving five whales have been moved to deeper waters, but there was still a risk they could return to dry land. According to the Department of Fisheries, some of the whales are still alive but majority are dead on the shore.

How much has the United States lost from China's IP theft?
Trump, however, appears intent on fulfilling election campaign promises to reduce the record USA trade deficit with China . The S&P 500 index skidded 68.24 points, or 2.5 per cent, to 2,643.69. "The scale of the trade war would be broadened".

Informal talks between United States and Koreas called 'constructive'
North Korea considers the exercises an invasion rehearsal and often conducts weapons tests in protest. But there had been no official word from Pyongyang.

Formula One: Daniel Ricciardo handed three-place penalty for Australian Grand Prix
Verstappen, eight years younger than Ricciardo, last year, re-signed with Red Bull until the end of the 2020 season, putting pressure on Ricciardo, out of contract at season's end, to lift his game.

Crude Firms on Geopolitical Tension, but Saudis See a "Stable" Market Ahead
If the USA imposes fresh sanctions on Iran , the country's capacity to export crude oil is likely to be crippled as a result. Secretary of State as a risk to oil markets, given that he fiercely opposed the Iranian nuclear deal as a member of Congress.

MS law bans abortions past 15 weeks gestation
Supporters of the pro-choice movement and the Jackson Women's Health Organization on the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade in 2013. Phil Bryant signed the bill into law Monday afternoon, saying MS is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America".

Trump bans U.S. purchases of Venezuela's cryptocurrency Petro
Venezuela's currency, the bolĂ­var, has suffered from hyperinflation as a result of government mismanagement and U.S. sanctions. Another U.S. official cited United Nations data showing more than 1.5 million Venezuelans have been displaced by the crisis.