Trump’s data pimps kept Facebook info they said was deleted

Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica, a data-analysis firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, over allegations that it held onto improperly obtained user data after telling Facebook it had deleted the information.

…Facebook said, Cambridge Analytica received user data from a Facebook app that purported to be a psychological research tool, though the firm wasn’t authorized to have that information. Roughly 270,000 people downloaded the app and shared their personal details with it…

Cambridge Analytica later certified in 2015 that it had destroyed the information that it received, according to Facebook, although the social network said it received reports “several days ago” that not all the data was deleted.

❝ While it investigates the matter, Facebook has also suspended the access of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, Strategic Communication Laboratories; the academic who created the app in question, a University of Cambridge psychology professor named Aleksandr Kogan; and another individual, Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, who also allegedly received the user data from the app.

Many big, successful geeky firms pride themselves on high standards, privacy protection. Some are as sleazy as the worst of the creeps populating corporate admin. Going to spend much time online – in a world where the fastest communications and info are Web-dependent – better learn who you should trust and shouldn’t.

4 thoughts on “Trump’s data pimps kept Facebook info they said was deleted

  1. p/s says:

    “How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions” (NYT)
    “Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Business With Russians”
    “Cambridge Analytica responds to Facebook announcement”
    “The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency”

  2. Chump-O-Gram says:

    “Revealed: Trump’s election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians” See also Channel 4 report
    Whistleblower Christopher Wylie describes how Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook into a lucrative political tool
    “You may be unwittingly handing over lots of personal information to outside companies through Facebook. Here’s how to see what you’re giving up and how to change your settings.”
    “If God didn’t want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep.” Calvera (Eli Wallach) “The Magnificent Seven” (1960)

  3. Easy Pickins says:

    “Newly tapped National Security Adviser and former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton’s eponymously named super PAC paid Cambridge Analytica over $1.1 million between 2014 and 2015 for “research” and “survey research” according to FEC filings”. “Between 2014 and 2016, several Republican-affiliated campaigns, super PACs and other political entities paid the firm more than $16 million for services that included research, micro-targeting of voters and other data services, according to FEC data.
    The presidential campaigns of Dr. Ben Carson and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the senatorial campaigns of Thom Tillis, R-N.C. and Roy Blunt, R-MO, and the congressional campaigns of Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif. and Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. all paid Cambridge Analytica varying sums for their work.”

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