Facebook data on more than 3 million people who took a personality quiz was published onto a poorly protected website where it could have been accessed by unauthorized parties, according to New Scientist. In a report exposing the potential leak, New Scientist says that the data contained Facebook users’ answers to a personality trait test. While it didn’t include users’ names, in many cases it contained their age, gender, and relationship status. For 150,000 people, it even contained their status updates. All that data was supposed to be accessible only to approved researchers through a collaborative website. However, New Scientist found that a username and password that granted access to the data could be found “in less than a minute” with an online search, enabling anyone to download the trove of personal information. The data was gathered by a psychology test called myPersonality, according to New Scientist. Around half of the test’s 6 million … [Read more...] about Facebook data on 3 million users reportedly exposed through personality quiz
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Cambridge Analytica, a U.K.-based political consulting firm at the center of the recent Facebook data scandal, is "immediately ceasing all operations," the company said in a statement on Wednesday. "The siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the Company's customers and suppliers," the firm said. "As a result, it has been determined that it is no longer viable to continue operating the business, which left Cambridge Analytica with no realistic alternative to placing the Company into administration." The statement said the company will soon begin bankruptcy proceedings in the U.K. and the U.S. The company said it has "unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully." The Wall Street Journal and Gizmodo first reported the news. A source close to the matter told the Journal that the company is closing its doors because it lost several clients in recent months and faces growing legal fees as part of the Facebook investigation. Cambridge … [Read more...] about Cambridge Analytica shutting down after Facebook data scandal
Technology By Reality Check team BBC News 24 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43502366 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsReality Check There is a huge spectrum of opinion on the value of the Facebook data that Cambridge University academic Aleksandr Kogan gave to Cambridge Analytica's parent … [Read more...] about Reality Check: Was Facebook data’s value ‘literally nothing’?
Aleksandr Kogan, who teaches at Cambridge University, will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee to explain his relationship with CA, the British-based firm accused of improperly accessing data. Kogan, a senior researcher in the university's department of psychology, claims he is being targeted by Facebook and CA, saying he did not know his app would be used in political campaigns. Cambridge Analytica has maintained it did not use Facebook data in the Donald Trump campaign, but its now-suspended CEO boasted in secret recordings that his company was deeply involved in the race. "I'm being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica," Kogan said last month. "We were assured by Cambridge Analytica that everything was perfectly legal and within the terms of service" of Facebook, he added. Kogan created a personality prediction app "This Is Your Digital Life" through his commercial company Global Science Research, which offered a … [Read more...] about Scientist at centre of Facebook data scandal faces MPs
Harvard Business Review once named it “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century”. The sexiest job, I mean the job of a ‘data scientist’, is under fire now. It’s a ‘Bleak House’ scenario. Now a data scientist, one of the richest men in the world and owner of Facebook, and a scandalous-data-firm are all at loggerheads over an issue that involves nearly fifty million Facebook users! These tens of millions of users have been affected in this massive data-leak. Their personal and most sensitive information has been used for commercial purpose — to rig and swing elections. Maybe, you are one of the affected! The fall-out is intensifying as the “#DeleteFacebook” movement gains momentum. Facebook is subjected to attack from every quarter now. The question is how a data-firm, Cambridge Analytica, has used Facebook users’ private data in various political campaigns. The scandal attacks a variety of segments in our society. Now, one of … [Read more...] about Facebook Data-Leak: No Hacking, Only Callosity