Privacy-Gate

By Ken Yeung | A collection of articles detailing the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal which impacted millions of Americans, potentially influencing how they voted in the 2016 presidential elections.

Facebook reinstates data firm it suspended for alleged misuse, but surveillance questions linger

Despite policies banning surveillance, it is unclear how effective Facebook and others can be at preventing trusted third-parties from misusing user data.<p>Crimson Hexagon, a Boston data analytics company, raised some eyebrows last week when it announced that its access to the firehose of user data …

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Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts

WASHINGTON — Facebook said on Tuesday that it had identified a political influence campaign that was potentially built to disrupt the midterm elections, with the company detecting and removing 32 pages and fake accounts that had engaged in activity around divisive social issues.<p>The company did not …

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Facebook takes down suspected Russian network of pages

Facebook has removed a network of suspected Russian-linked accounts and pages involved in organizing political events in the United States. The network is the most extensive effort to interfere in American politics that Facebook has found and made public ahead of November's midterm elections.<p>The …

Women in private Facebook group for cancer gene carriers found marketers could get their names

Facebook recently closed a privacy loophole that allowed third parties to discover the names of people in private, "closed" Facebook groups. A Chrome …

Facebook details data sharing agreements with Amazon, Qualcomm, and AT&T among others

It includes more than device makers<p>In over 700 pages of responses sent to Congress over the weekend, Facebook acknowledged that it shared user data with 52 hardware and software companies, many of which were previously undisclosed.<p>The new list includes several large tech companies like Apple, …

Facebook offers fresh detail about its ties to dozens of outside companies in more than 700 pages of new data turned over to Congress

By Craig Timberg and<p>Craig Timberg<p>National reporter covering technology<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Tony Romm<p>Tony Romm<p>Staff writer covering technology policy<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Facebook shared user information with 52 hardware and software makers, including some based in China, under agreements designed to make its …

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Facebook users can now see all the active ads run by a Page

Facebook today released a new tool that will allow users to see what advertisements a Page is running — whether or not all of those advertisements are targeted at that particular user. It’s the latest in a string of new features from Facebook to give users more insight into how advertisers are …

Google and Facebook Are Quietly Fighting California’s Privacy Rights Initiative, Emails Reveal

Lobbyists are seeking a rewrite of what counts as personal information, the preservation of arbitration clauses, and the removal of the mandate for a …

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Apple, other tech behemoths to meet on Wednesday to talk privacy crisis

By<p>Representatives from a number of major tech firms will gather in San Francisco on Wednesday to address growing concerns over consumer privacy, …

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A Day Care and a Dog Rescue Benefit: On Facebook, They Were Political Ads

What do a day care center, a vegetarian restaurant, a hair salon, an outdoor clothing maker and an investigative news publisher have in common?<p>To Facebook, they looked suspiciously like political activists.<p>Facing a torrent of criticism over its failure to prevent foreign interference during the …

Facebook mistakenly leaked developer analytics reports to testers

Set the “days without a Facebook privacy problem” counter to zero. This week, an alarmed developer contacted TechCrunch, informing us that their Facebook App Analytics weekly summary email had been delivered to someone outside their company. It contains sensitive business information, including …

The Man Who Saw the Dangers of Cambridge Analytica Years Ago

In December 2014, John Rust wrote to the head of the legal department at the University of Cambridge, where he is a professor, warning them that a …

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Tech companies feel pressure to 'gobble up' more of our data for ads, app developer warns

WASHINGTON — Aleksandr Kogan — developer of the app that allowed Cambridge Analytica to collect the data of millions of Facebook users — warned Tuesday that tech companies are under pressure to "gobble up" more personal information on consumers.<p>"They are under enormous financial pressure to gobble …

Cambridge Analytica-linked researcher wants to stop the next data scandal

Aleksandr Kogan helped get Facebook in its Cambridge Analytica mess. Now he has suggestions on how to stop the next one from happening.<p>The University of Cambridge professor, who testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Tuesday, said Facebook's issues with …

Cambridge Researcher Kogan Disputes Facebook’s Data Leak Story

Facebook Inc. has explained many times how personal information from as many as 87 million people was collected by a researcher and then sold to …

If You’re A Facebook User, You’re Also a Research Subject

The professor was incredulous. David Craig had been studying the rise of entertainment on social media for several years when a Facebook Inc. …

Mark Zuckerberg’s "Dismissive" Election Comment Wasn't A Mistake — It Was A Strategy

Two days after the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a mistake that now consumes his company: He dismissed the idea that misinformation on the social network could have influenced election results as "pretty crazy idea." After months of escalating crisis, he finally …

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Facebook policy and comms head Elliot Schrage will step down after a decade

The longtime exec has been criticized recently for the social networking giant’s rocky responses to a series of controversies.<p>Elliot Schrage, the high-profile exec who heads Facebook’s public policy and communications efforts, is leaving the company after a decade at the social media giant, …

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Here's a state-by-state breakdown of Facebook users impacted by the Cambridge Analytica scandal

In April, 87 million Facebook users received notifications saying their data had been compromised in the highly publicized Cambridge Analytica scandal. The scandal involved a data analytics company that used a third-party app to improperly obtain the data of unknowing Facebook users, and tried to …

Facebook Tells Senate It Started a Privacy Design Lab Called TTC

Facebook Inc. told the U.S. Senate the company has launched a design lab that will work to improve the way people get informed about sharing their …

Turnbull would 'love to see' Facebook's Zuckerberg face Australian MPs

Malcolm Turnbull would “love to see the boss” of Facebook appear before Australia’s intelligence committee, as parliament grapples with new security threats wrought by global internet and social network giants.<p>After coming to terms on the government’s proposed foreign interference and espionage …

Dem calls for Zuckerberg to testify over Chinese company data sharing

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey called Wednesday for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing with Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's sharing of …

Facebook Gave Data Access to Chinese Firm Flagged by U.S. Intelligence

Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China’s government, the social media company said on Tuesday.<p>The agreements, which date to at least 2010, gave private access to some user data …

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Here’s the letter two senators just sent Mark Zuckerberg about Facebook’s latest scandal

In the wake of Sunday night’s <i>New York Times</i> exposé reporting that Facebook offered mobile device manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, access to private user information, Congress is steaming mad. Yesterday, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) basically accused CEO Mark Zuckerberg of lying to …

Now even Russian lawmakers want a piece of Mark Zuckerberg

In an ironic twist in the saga of Facebook’s troubles, Russian lawmakers have declared that they, too, would like to question Mark Zuckerberg.<p>According to the Moscow Times, senator Anton Belyakov yesterday offered to invite the Facebook CEO to address the upper chamber of the Russian parliament. …

Facebook admits it was late on fake news

The apology tour continues.<p>At the Code Conference today, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and CTO Mike Schroepfer faced questions on all of the issues that has plagued the company lately, like the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the influx of fake news and hate speech. Specifically, <i>Re/Code</i>'s Kara …

Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook didn't anticipate how people would abuse the platform

How come nobody from Facebook got fired over the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal?<p>That was the first question moderator Kara Swisher asked …

Facebook's Sandberg: "We do fire people"

Why wasn’t anyone at Facebook fired over the situation with Cambridge Analytica?<p>Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg took that first question on stage at the …

Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer Says The Cambridge Analytica Scandal Led To A “Cultural Shift”

Facebook Chief Technical Officer Mike Schroepfer said the Cambridge Analytica scandal contributed to a cultural shift within social media …

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