Cambridge Analytica

Trump’s Campaign Manager Urges Him to Fire Sessions, End Mueller Probe

Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager wants the president to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and end Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s …

Donald Trump

Facebook Missed Another Senate Deadline on Privacy Questions

Facebook Inc. missed a deadline to respond to questions from two top U.S. senators on its sharing of user data with device makers, the latest delay …

Privacy

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 …

Social Media

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie warns that Facebook targeting threatens free speech

The whistleblower who outed Cambridge Analytica for improperly accessing millions of Facebook users’ personal information warned on Tuesday that unchecked data collection and targeting on social media threaten Web users’ privacy — and the healthy functioning of democracy.<p>Christopher Wylie, who …

Business

Verizon Reselling Its Customers' Locations Is A Reminder We Are All Just Data For Sale

Earlier today Verizon and AT&T both pledged to largely stop reselling their customer’s realtime mobile phone locations to third party commercial data brokers, though both companies noted that they would not entirely stop selling customer location data. That the nation’s top cellular phone networks …

Privacy

Verizon, AT&T cutting ties with location aggregators who sold to law enforcement

In May Sen. Ron Wyden asked the FCC to investigate the wireless carriers that allow law enforcement to have "unrestricted access to the location …

Privacy

Kushner, Manafort were primary players in hiring Cambridge Analytica for Trump campaign

Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Brad Parsquale were involved in hiring the British-based political data firm, which improperly accessed personal data from Facebook users. NBC’s Anna Schecter reports.

Jared Kushner

Your Facebook Messenger chats may soon get autoplaying video ads

Facebook Messenger ads just got more invasive.<p>The company confirmed on Tuesday that it has started placing autoplaying video ads in the Messenger chat app. The news was first reported by Quartz. They're meant to catch your eyes when you scroll through the messages.<p>Facebook rolled out ads on …

Social Media

There’s a big difference between an intention to be inclusive and a strategy

Though we often use the words interchangeably, being “intentional” and being “strategic” are two different things.<p><b>Intention</b> is a thing intended; an aim or plan.<p><b>Strategy</b> is a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.<p>Right now, we’re in a continual news cycle of …

Aleksandr Kogan

People are switching from Facebook to WhatsApp for news

With all the hot water Facebook has been in for the role of news on its platform, it looks like the social media giant is getting what it wanted.<p>A …

Social Media

Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman scoops Private Eye Paul Foot Award for Windrush scandal investigation

The Guardian’s Amelia Gentleman has won the Private Eye Paul Foot Award for her investigation into the Windrush scandal.<p>Gentleman exposed …

Illegal Immigration

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 …

Business

Top tech talent is losing interest in working for Facebook — and the company's tough year in headlines might be the cause

Students from universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Yale, and Georgia Tech are losing interest in working at Facebook.<p>A new study from education software company Piazza surveyed 150,000 students and found that most engineering and computer-science students are more interested in applying for …

College & University

Cambridge Analytica figures give split screen performance in Washington

Two key figures in the Cambridge Analytica scandal gave sharply conflicting accounts Tuesday of whether the Facebook user data at the heart of the controversy aided Donald Trump's election campaign.<p>Aleksandr Kogan, the professor who collected data on millions of Facebook users via a quiz app and …

U.S. Politics

Study exposes gulf between commercialisation and security of consumer data

New research has shone a light on the varying degrees of enthusiasm shown by business leaders to the control of data, with a strong appetite to …

Cambridge Analytica

Guardian News & Media, The Telegraph and News UK join forces to create joint advertising platform

Guardian News & Media, News UK and The Telegraph are today announcing The Ozone Project - a jointly-owned audience platform.<p>The Ozone Project, currently in alpha, will offer advertisers and agencies direct and transparent access to an audience of more than 39.4m million unique users in brand safe, …

Digital Advertising

Facebook thinks it’s a great idea to put video ads next to your private messages

• Facebook announced it will place autoplay video ads in Messenger.<br>• Facebook did not divulge additional details, though the company will monitor user feedback.<br>• Almost all of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertising.<p>“How do you sustain a business model which users don’t pay for your service?”<p>“Senator, …

Social Media

ARF Audience Measurement Conference Tackles TV, Encourages Innovation

Now in its 13th year, last week's ARF conference held delivered insightful findings about ad/media performance, plus how to “better” drive brand …

Advertising Industry

Facebucks: why social media needs the blockchain

<i>Recent events have made it clear that social media has problems. Blockchain has powerful solutions for the big companies behind our favourite</i> …

Social Media

Kogan: Cambridge Analytica’s Supposed Data Genius Was Just Hack Work

It’s been a weird four months for Aleksandr Kogan.<p>The 33-year-old went from an obscure research psychologist at Cambridge University to one of the …

Advertising Industry

Democracy hacked? An evening with Martha Lane Fox and Damian Collins MP | The Guardian Members

<b>Damian Collins</b>, Conservative MP and chairman of the DCMS committee currently investigating online disinformation and Cambridge Analytica, will be joined for a panel discussion with Doteveryone executive chair and Twitter board member <b>Martha Lane Fox</b>, and moderator <b>James Ball</b>, former Guardian special …

Fake News

When Called to A Senate Hearing, It’s Best to Wear A Tie

What I said when DC came calling.<p>Last Sunday was Father’s Day, and I never thought I’d say this, but I was glad to get a tie, because my wife knew I …

Senate Committees

Despite Privacy Issues, Half of US Citizens Would Give Up Data for $150

If your favorite brand offered to pay for your search and social media data, how much would you charge?<p>Not much, as it turns out.<p>Digital marketing …

Business

[$$] Online Ads That Follow You Are Getting New Scrutiny

Soon, the communications manager at a Seattle nonprofit noticed car advertisements on the websites she visited, even for specific cars she had just …

U.S. Presidential Election

TEN ARGUMENTS FOR DELETING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS RIGHT NOW

In a book whose title says it all, technoprophet Lanier (<i>Dawn of the New Everything</i>, 2017, etc.) weighs in against predatory technoprofit.In a world …

Cambridge Analytica

House committee says privacy laws should apply to political parties

The House of Commons committee investigating the Cambridge Analytica scandal is recommending significant changes to Canada's privacy laws, including …

Canadian Politics

Facebook renews promise to lawmakers: we're ready for elections

WASHINGTON — Facebook is sending a signal to Capitol Hill that it's taking the integrity of its social network seriously during the U.S. primary election season.<p>The social networking giant hosted 250 or so media, civil servants and Facebook community members at an event here Tuesday, less than one …

Business

Odds Are That Someone in Your Home Has Stopped Using Social Media

1 hour ago<p>In the immediate aftermath of the Facebook, Cambridge Analytica scandal breaking – Mark Zuckerburg and Facebook indicated that while there …

Social Media

Most Under-35s OK With Insurers Digital Spying If It Cuts Prices

The majority of people between 18 and 34 would be willing to let insurance companies dig through their digital data from social media to health …

Spying

I am not the sum of my personal data

The moral ecosystem of our social media depends heavily on an unprecedented kind of manufacture and manipulation of the self. Our affirmation of …

Personal Data