Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

The US Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are reportedly investigating Cambridge Analytica

The US Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are reportedly investigating Cambridge Analytica

Areas where Zuck & co failed to meet the committee's exacting standards included Cambridge Analytica, dark ads, Facebook Connect, data collection across the web and the firm's budgets for investigations.

After Facebook, another major has now been caught up in the data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the British political consulting firm which collected the data of almost 87 million users without their knowledge and permission, according to a media report.

Prosecutors have told possible witnesses that there is an open investigation into the company as well as "associated US persons", according to the Times.

"First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data". If the audit happens, the chances of the number of third-party apps going up is likely. The data came from another online personality quiz called myPersonality which had over 6 million participants. But in March, Facebook learned the company had not complied.

Cambridge Analytica has denied any wrongdoing, saying that it has deleted the Facebook data and that it wasn't used for the Trump campaign.

Facebook has suspended 200 apps from its platform for potentially misusing users' private data. In addition, they will also tell individuals by means of this site. Aleksandr Kogan developed an app "thisisyourdigitallife" and according to New Scientist, he was effective as part of the myPersonality project until mid-2014.

The whole access-fiasco has been under the control of David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University Psychometrics Centre. According to New Scientist, data like people's names, ages, genders, and relationship status - and even some status updates - of 3 million people was stored insecurely on a website that wasn't protected properly.

While Facebook did not mention the 200 suspended apps in question, there is also no clarity as to how long will the investigation take. The data of these users profiles was not only shared with the Cambridge researchers, the data was available to anyone wanting to access it.

Ime Archibong, vice president of Product Partnerships at Facebook, said in a blog that the apps, which he did not specify in detail, will be subject to a thorough investigation as to whether they did in fact misuse any data.

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