New UK Study Reveals Cambridge Analytica Did Not Act Improperly During 2016 Campaign

Facebook announced in early April 2018 that the data of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with a political consulting firm connected to President Trump during the 2016 election.

The news STUNNED the American media elites!

The news shocked the political world and launched two full days of congressional hearings into Facebook practices.

But in 2012 the Obama campaign harvested data from 190 million Facebook users.

The media cheered the sheer brilliance of the Obama campaign.

CNN cheered the brilliant strategy of the Obama campaign.

A newly completed study be the UK’s information commissioner rejects earlier accusations put forward by leftist hacks and alleged whistleblowers that Cambridge Analytica acted improperly during the 2016 US election.

The Financial Times reported:

After more than three years, Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner, has closed her investigation into improper data handling by the SCL and Cambridge Analytica group.

At first glance her findings, which were released on Tuesday, dispel many of the accusations put forward by whistleblowers and digital rights campaigners over the course of 2018.

The most serious of these was that the digital marketing specialist had colluded with Russia to steer the results of the Brexit referendum and broken US campaign rules during the 2016 presidential election. Campaigners had also previously argued the company failed to delete contentious data sourced from Facebook without users’ permission when asked.

Denham told a parliamentary select committee on Friday that “on examination, the methods that SCL were using, were in the main, well recognised processes using commonly available technology”.

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Facebook Pays $644,000 UK Fine Over Cambridge Analytica Case, Doesn’t Admit Fault

Facebook has agreed to pay the Information Commissioner’s Office, the United Kingdom’s privacy regulator, a £500,000 fine on Wednesday over its Cambridge Analytica data leak, but did not admit any wrongdoing in the matter.

The fine, equal to about $644,000 at current exchange rates, comes after more than a year of legal back-and-forth between the social network and U.K. regulators. It’s also the maximum amount the ICO could levy against Facebook; if the company’s infractions had come after Europe’s GDPR data privacy laws were implemented in 2018, Facebook could’ve been fined up to 4% of its annual global revenue.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal rocked Facebook for much of 2018, after the company admitted that up to 87 million users had their profiles unwittingly accessed by the political consulting firm. Cambridge Analytica paid University of Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan for data on the personality makeup of millions of Facebook users leading up to the 2014 midterm elections; Cambridge Analytica was later contracted by the Trump campaign in 2016 to help target potential voters  — pulling in $15 million in the process.

The ICO, in its statement on the settlement, said Facebook “made no admission of liability.”

The settlement comes a few months after Facebook agreed to pay a record $5 billion fine to the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. over the company’s mishandling of user data.

As part of its FTC settlement, Facebook will create a privacy oversight committee with independent members. The members can only be fired by a supermajority of Facebook’s board, not by CEO Mark Zuckerberg alone. Zuckerberg and other newly appointed compliance officers must also submit to quarterly FTC check-ins; any false information shared could open Facebook up to additional fines and penalties, according to the FTC.

Last month, Facebook suspended “tens of thousands” of apps for improperly harvesting users data. The company will report its Q3 earnings on Wednesday afternoon.


UK Parliament Seizes Internal Facebook Documents

In an attempt to hold Facebook accountable for the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, the U.K. Parliament has seized a cache of internal Facebook documents from an American software executive visiting the country for business. The Guardian reports that the U.K. Parliament has used their legal powers to obtain a number of internal Facebook documents as it attempts […]