50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

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    It looks like Facebook is noticing the massive increase in account deletions...it also gives them another 16 days of monitoring your activity. Like financial institutions delay / hold funds so they can gain interest on the impounded balance, so it goes with data privacy access. For both, time in their hands is money for them.

    Facebook increases account deletion grace period to 30 days
    It really hopes you'll have a change of heart.
    Jon Fingas, @jonfingas, 10.03.18 in Internet
    https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/03/facebook-increases-account-deletion-grace-period/

    "...There is a downside. If you are bent on deleting your account, Facebook won't truly scrub your data for another two weeks beyond its previous grace period. You're not very likely to see a breach during that interval, but it could be frustrating if you wanted to wash your hands of the service."
     
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    UK fines Facebook £500,000 for failing to protect user data
    Decision by information commissioner comes after Cambridge Analytica scandal
    Jim Waterson Media editor, Thu 25 Oct 2018 05.18 EDT
    https://www.theguardian.com/technol...-privacy-access-user-data-cambridge-analytica

    "Facebook has been fined £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, after allowing third party developers to access user information without sufficient consent.
    The ICO announcement on Thursday upholds its initial decision in July. The fine, which represents a drop in the ocean for a company that brought in $40.7bn (£31.5bn) in global revenue in 2017, was the maximum available to the regulator under old data protection legislation.

    The ICO found that the personal information of at least 1 million UK users was among harvested data and was consequently put at risk of further misuse. It also insisted that the company could have faced a substantially higher fine of up to £1.2bn under the new regulatory system.

    The investigation found that Facebook failed to keep the personal information of its users secure by failing to make suitable checks on developers using its platform.

    These failings meant one developer, Aleksandr Kogan, was able to convince 300,000 people to install a personality testing application that fed back the Facebook data of both users and their friends, enabling him to harvest the profiles of up to 87 million people worldwide without their knowledge.

    A subset of the data was later shared with other organisations, including SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, which was involved in running targeted Facebook adverts in US political contests, only to collapse earlier this year following a series of reports by the Observer.

    The investigation also concluded, based on information provided by Facebook, that it did not currently have any evidence that British users’ social media data was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

    However, the information commissioner said that in any eventuality the lack of controls meant the data of UK residents was “put at serious risk” of being used for political campaigning – even if this did not actually take place.

    “Even after the misuse of the data was discovered in December 2015, Facebook did not do enough to ensure those who continued to hold it had taken adequate and timely remedial action, including deletion,” said the ICO report. “In the case of SCL Group, Facebook did not suspend the company from its platform until 2018.”

    The fine is likely to feed into the ever-growing consensus in Westminster that some form of tough new regulation is required to control major tech companies, with the government likely to propose new legislation in the coming months.

    “We considered these contraventions to be so serious we imposed the maximum penalty under the previous legislation. The fine would inevitably have been significantly higher under the GDPR. One of our main motivations for taking enforcement action is to drive meaningful change in how organisations handle people’s personal data,” said the information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham.

    “Our work is continuing. There are still bigger questions to be asked and broader conversations to be had about how technology and democracy interact and whether the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks we have in place are adequate to protect the principles on which our society is based.”

    Facebook, which has the right to appeal the verdict, said: “We are currently reviewing the ICO’s decision. While we respectfully disagree with some of their findings, we have said before that we should have done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica and taken action in 2015. We are grateful that the ICO has acknowledged our full cooperation throughout their investigation, and have also confirmed they have found no evidence to suggest UK Facebook users’ data was in fact shared with Cambridge Analytica.”

    The company is already facing an investigation by the Irish data regulator over an unconnected data breach discovered last month, which could result in a record fine.
     
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    Watch starting at 08:54 to hear Steve Wozniak's take on Privacy, personal data, vis-à-vis Facebook and Social media:

    Full interview with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
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    CNBC's Scott Wapner sits down with Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, to discuss Apple's performance in the market and what the future could hold for the company.
     
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    NYT Investigation: How Facebook Used A Republican Firm to Attack Critics & Spread Disinformation
    Democracy Now!
    Published on Nov 16, 2018
    https://democracynow.org - “Delay, Deny and Deflect.” That’s the name of a new bombshell investigation by The New York Times revealing that Facebook executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, were aware of a Russian misinformation campaign on the social media network and took a series of extraordinary private actions to preserve the company’s reputation, launching an aggressive lobbying campaign to combat critics and spread misinformation. The New York Times investigation reveals that Facebook hired the Republican opposition-research firm Definers Public Affairs to discredit critics of Facebook, linking them to the billionaire liberal donor George Soros. Facebook also allegedly lobbied the Anti-Defamation League to condemn criticism of the company as anti-Semitic. Since the publication of the investigation, Facebook has announced it will cut ties with Definers. We speak with Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, one of the organizations targeted by Definers Public Affairs. We also speak with Siva Vaidhyanathan, the author of “Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy.” He is a professor of media studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. Vaidhyanathan’s new article for Slate is titled “Facebook Is a Normal Sleazy Company Now.”


    Facebook squeezed after The New York Times story brings renewed scrutiny from lawmakers
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    Published on Nov 16, 2018
    Facebook is at its lowest levels since March 2017. So is it a bargain or is there more downside to come? Scott Devitt, Stifel, discusses.

    NYC pension fund chief Scott Stringer on Facebook fallout
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    Published on Nov 16, 2018
    New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who oversees roughly $195 billion in pension funds, discusses the scrutiny on Facebook and whether he’ll remain invested in the social media company.

    Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis
    By Sheera Frenkel, Nicholas Confessore, Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Jack Nicas, Nov. 14, 2018
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/technology/facebook-data-russia-election-racism.html
     
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    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responds to NYT story
    CNBC Television
    Published on Nov 15, 2018
    CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports on a conference call with Facebook about a New York Times piece that alleged the company mismanaged the Russian campaign to disrupt the 2016 election.


    Facebook shares drop after Zuckerberg tried to defend company

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    “Bulls & Bears” panel on how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to defend the company during a conference call with reporters.

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    Facebook investors call on Mark Zuckerberg to resign as chairman following damaging report

    James Cook, The Telegraph • November 16, 2018
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technol...ll-mark-zuckerberg-resign-chairman-following/
     
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    New Evidence Emerges of Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica’s Role in Brexit
    The possibility that Brexit and the Trump campaign relied on some of the same advisers to further far-right nationalist campaigns has set off alarm bells on both sides of the Atlantic.
    By Jane Mayer, November 17, 2018
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news...annon-and-cambridge-analyticas-role-in-brexit

    "For two years, observers have speculated that the June, 2016, Brexit campaign in the U.K. served as a petri dish for Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign in the United States. Now there is new evidence that it did.

    Newly surfaced e-mails show that the former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, and Cambridge Analytica, the Big Data company that he worked for at the time, were simultaneously incubating both nationalist political movements in 2015.

    Emma Briant, an academic expert on disinformation at George Washington University, has unearthed new e-mails that appear to reveal the earliest documented role played by Bannon in Brexit.

    The e-mails, which date back to October of 2015, show that Bannon, who was then the vice-president of Cambridge Analytica, an American firm largely owned by the U.S. hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, was in the loop on discussions taking place at the time between his company and the leaders of Leave.EU, a far-right nationalist organization.

    The following month, Leave.EU publicly launched a campaign aimed at convincing British voters to support a referendum in favor of exiting the European Union. The U.K. narrowly voted for the so-called Brexit in June, 2016. The tumultuous fallout has roiled the U.K. ever since, threatening the government of the Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May.

    Bannon did not respond to requests for comment. But his name and private e-mail address appear on the chain of three e-mails in October, 2015, between Brittany Kaiser, the director of program development at Cambridge Analytica, and Arron Banks, who headed the Leave.EU campaign and referred to himself in the title of his memoir as one of “The Bad Boys of Brexit.” Banks could not be reached for comment regarding the e-mails, which were first published Saturday by the British Web site openDemocracy..."

    ...much more detail on the site...

    New Evidence Emerges of Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica’s Role in Brexit
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    Level1 News had a "Facebook" heavy episode, here it is:

    Level1 News November 21 2018: Nintendo Says Nintend-no
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    17:11 - A Facebook Patent Would Predict Your Household’s Demographics Based On Family Photos
    18:45 - Facebook hired PR firm that wrote negative articles about rival: NYT
    21:53 - Facebook Claims NYT Exposé Has ‘a Number of Inaccuracies’
    22:35 - “I Hope It Cracks Who She Is Wide Open”: Inside Silicon Valley, Many Have Long Known Sheryl Sandberg Isn’t a Saint
    25:16 - For the first time, researchers say Facebook can cause depression
    27:19 - Facebook to let French regulators investigate on moderation processes
    28:54 - Mark Zuckerberg reportedly ordered all Facebook executives to use Android phones
    30:18 - 86 Organizations Demand Zuckerberg to Improve Takedown Appeals
    33:16 - Rapper Lil B Sent Us the Posts Facebook Calls ‘Hate Speech’
    34:16 - Why Did Facebook Fire a Top Executive? Hint: It Had Something to Do With Trump
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...ax-to-continue-watching.825968/#post-10822964
     
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    Facebook controversy: "These services have unfathomable control over everything we do"
    FRANCE 24 English
    Facebook's top brass has finally admitted that it did hire a right-wing public relations firm to investigate billionaire philanthropist, George Soros. This comes in the wake of a New York Times exposé which revealed that it did hire Definers, the group to counter the fallout of the social network's use by russian operatives and data-mining Cambridge Analytica, ahead of the 2016 Presidential election. The outgoing head of communications has taken responsability for hiring the firm which used black-ops style techniques.


    https://www.youtube.com/user/france24english/search?query=Facebook

    Zuckerberg: I'm not stepping down as Facebook chairman
    CNN
    Published on Nov 21, 2018
    In an exclusive interview, Mark Zuckerberg talks with CNN's Laurie Segall about why he won't step down as Facebook's chairman and why he wants Sheryl Sandberg to stay at Facebook. After spending much of this year apologizing for Facebook's many missteps, CEO Mark Zuckerberg was defiant in an exclusive interview with CNN Business. Zuckerberg resisted growing calls for changes to Facebook's C-suite, reiterated Facebook's potential as a force for good, and pushed back at some of the unrelenting critical coverage of his company after a year of negative headlines about fake news, election meddling and privacy concerns. "A lot of the criticism around the biggest issues has been fair, but I do think that if we are going to be real, there is this bigger picture as well, which is that we have a different world view than some of the folks who are covering us," Zuckerberg told CNN Business' Laurie Segall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
    "There are big issues, and I'm not trying to say that there aren't," he said. "But I do think that sometimes, you can get the flavor from some of the coverage that that's all there is, and I don't think that that's right either."
    READ MORE: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/20/tech/mark-zuckerberg-interview/index.html
     
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    Marsha Blackburn on big tech: The American people are tired of privacy breaches
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    Published on Nov 26, 2018
    Tennessee Senator-elect Marsha Blackburn (R) discusses how British MPs are pushing advertisers to boycott big tech companies until they do more to address terrorism.
     
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    Facebook executive grilled over fake news and disinformation | Power & Politics
    CBC News
    Published on Nov 27, 2018
    A Facebook executive faced questions about election interference, misinformation and fake news from a group of politicians in London, U.K. The lawmakers from nine countries had wanted to question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but he did not appear before the special committee.
    To read more: http://cbc.ca/1.4922070


    Mark Zuckerburg a no-show at Facebook Parliament hearing on 'fake news' and data
    euronews (in English)
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    Facebook answered questions on 'fake news' and personal data while Chief Executive Mark Zuckerburg is a notable no-show.
     
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