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Brexit ad blitz data firm paid by Vote Leave broke privacy laws, watchdogs find

Brexit ad blitz data firm paid by Vote Leave broke privacy laws, watchdogs find A joint investigation by watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia has found that Cambridge Analytica-linked data firm, Aggregate IQ, broke privacy laws in Facebook ad-targeting work it undertook for the official Vote Leave Brexit campaign in the UK’s 2016 […]

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California accuses Facebook of ignoring subpoenas in state’s Cambridge Analytica investigation

California accuses Facebook of ignoring subpoenas in state’s Cambridge Analytica investigation California’s attorney general Xavier Becerra has accused Facebook of “continuing to drag its feet” by failing to provide documents to the state’s investigation into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. The attorney general said in a court filing Wednesday that Facebook had provided […]

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Facebook agrees to pay UK data watchdog’s Cambridge Analytica fine but settles without admitting liability

Facebook agrees to pay UK data watchdog’s Cambridge Analytica fine but settles without admitting liability Facebook has reached a settlement with the UK’s data protection watchdog, the ICO, agreeing to pay in full a £500,000 (~$643k) fine following the latter’s investigating into the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. As part of the […]

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EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’ — but litigation looms

EU-US Privacy Shield passes third Commission ‘health check’ — but litigation looms The third annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield data transfer mechanism has once again been nodded through by Europe’s executive. This despite the EU parliament calling last year for the mechanism to be suspended. The European Commission also issued […]

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Brexit means clear your cookies for democracy

Brexit means clear your cookies for democracy Brexit looks set to further sink the already battered reputation of tracking cookies after a Buzzfeed report yesterday revealed what appears to be a plan by the UK’s minority government to use official government websites to harvest personal data on UK citizens for targeting purposes. […]

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Facebook really doesn’t want you to read these emails

Facebook really doesn’t want you to read these emails Oh hey y’all, it’s Friday! It’s August! Which means it’s a great day for Facebook to drop a little news it would prefer you don’t notice. News that you won’t find a link to on the homepage of Facebook’s Newsroom — which is […]

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Facebook denies making contradictory claims on Cambridge Analytica and other ‘sketchy’ apps

Facebook denies making contradictory claims on Cambridge Analytica and other ‘sketchy’ apps Facebook has denied contradicting itself in evidence to the UK parliament and a US public prosecutor. Last month the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee wrote to the company to raise what it said were discrepancies in […]

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Brittany Kaiser dumps more evidence of Brexit’s democratic trainwreck

Brittany Kaiser dumps more evidence of Brexit’s democratic trainwreck A UK parliamentary committee has published new evidence fleshing out how membership data was passed from UKIP, a pro-Brexit political party, to Leave.EU, a Brexit supporting campaign active in the 2016 EU referendum — via the disgraced and now defunct data company, Cambridge […]

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The Great Hack tells us data corrupts 

The Great Hack tells us data corrupts  This week professor David Carroll, whose dogged search for answers to how his personal data was misused plays a focal role in The Great Hack: Netflix’s documentary tackling the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal, quipped that perhaps a follow up would be more punitive for the […]

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Facebook ignored staff warnings about “sketchy” Cambridge Analytica in September 2015

Facebook ignored staff warnings about “sketchy” Cambridge Analytica in September 2015 Facebook employees tried to alert the company about the activity of Cambridge Analytica as early as September 2015, per the SEC’s complaint against the company which was published yesterday. This chimes with a court filing that emerged earlier this year — […]

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