United Kingdom to continue probe despite Cambridge Analytica shutting shop

04 May, 2018, 14:22 | Author: Larry Hoffman
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Amid the data privacy crisis rocking Facebook, data harvesting company, Cambridge Analytica shut down its offices on Wednesday. As of 2017, the average number of "friends" for every profile was 338 people (median at 200); given the number of people who directly accessed the app is anywhere from 185,000 to 300,000 we have an enormous amount of potentially affected people.

The Indian government will continue with its enquiry into the Cambridge Analytica data leak issue, irrespective of the British firm announcing closure of business, senior IT Ministry officials said on Thursday.

It would be impossible to ever estimate how successful Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections, and Global Science Research were at converting masses of data into votes; however, these events show us some of the more risky effects of powerful computing technology we have developed. The chair of the House of Commons committee looking into Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group's activities, Damian Collins, has warned that investigations retain their relevancy, and that the companies will not be allowed to "delete their data history by closing". Cambridge Analytica says it bought the data from another company that was contractually required to comply with data protection rules and that none of the Facebook data was used in the Trump campaign. It denies wrongdoing and yesterday it announced that the company and its parent, SCL Group, would be wound down due to loss of business as a result of the scandal.

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However, former Senate chairman said there was also a great responsibility on the press to report with accuracy and integrity. It also underlines the role that media play as champions of accountability and the rule of law.

Ms Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorised way, adding that the data provisions act requires services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data. Facebook has over 20 crore users in India.

Cambridge Analytica claimed that negative coverage from the press was one of the reasons that led to the firm shutting down operations.

Per the Companies House filing, the staff includes Rebekah Mercer, the conservative donor, and daughter of billionaire hedge fund manager Robert Mercer who listed her correspondence address as the NY office space of Cambridge Analytica.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by senators from both parties last month over the Cambridge scandal and Russia's use of the social media platform to interfere with the 2016 election. Whichever way you look at it, the sheer amount of data that could have been sourced surpasses the level of current known mass-surveillance techniques used by governments. Facebook was asked to list out the security architecture proposed to be created "so that data concerning Indians are not pilfered or manipulated again for extraneous purposes including to influence the elections".

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