Brexit backers insurance firm and leave campaign fined 120k by data watchdog

March 1, 2019

The UK’s data protection watchdog has issued penalties against a pro-Brexit campaign, Leave.EU, and an insurance company owned by the largest individual donor to the leave cause, Arron Banks’ Eldon Insurance. The penalties have been handed down for what the Information Commissioner’s Office( ICO) dubs” The ICO says it will now review how both entities are complying with data protection laws by carried forward scrutinies — to observe how personal…


UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook

February 26, 2019

A final report by a British parliamentary committee which invested months last year analyse online political disinformation shapes very uncomfortable speaking for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of people’s data. In the report, published today, the committee has also called for Facebook’s use of user data to be investigated by the UK’s data watchdog. In an…


Europes parliament calls for full audit of Facebook in wake of breach scandal

November 14, 2018

The European Parliament has called for a full audit of Facebook following a string of data used breach scandals — including the Cambridge Analytica affair. MEPs are recommending the company to allow European Union forms to carry out a full examination to assess personal data protection and security of users’ personal data, next following the scandal in which the data of 87 million Facebook consumers was improperly procured and misused….


Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments

November 3, 2018

Two separate parliamentary committees, in the UK and Canada, have issued an unprecedented international seam summons for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to seem before them. The committees are investigating the effects of online disinformation on democratic processes and crave Zuckerberg to answer questions related to the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook user data misuse scandal, which both ought to have probing this year. More broadly, “its also” attempting greater detail about Facebook’s digital…


Facebook hires former UK Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, as global policy chief

October 26, 2018

Facebook has confirmed it has hired the former commander of the UK’s former third largest registered political party — Nick Clegg of the middle ground Liberal Democrat — to head up world policy and comms. The news was reported earlier by the Financial Times. Elliot Schrage, who has been in post for a decade is abiding on as an advisor, is in accordance with Facebook, and in a post announcing…


Audit Facebook and overhaul competition law, say MEPs responding to breach scandals

October 25, 2018

After maintaining a series of hearings in the wake of the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal the summer months, and attending a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg himself in May, the European Union parliament’s civil liberties committee has called for an update to competition rules to reflect what it dubs” the digital world”, advising EU universities to look into the” possible monopoly” of big tech social media platforms. Top level EU…


Exposing Cambridge Analytica: ‘It’s been exhausting, exhilarating, and slightly terrifying’

October 9, 2018

Observer reporter Carole Cadwalladr on her investigation into the firm at the centre of a data breach that shamed Facebook and exposed foul play in the EU referendum campaign and US presidential election Earlier this year, The Observer and The Guardian broke the story that became the Mark Zuckerberg who was forced to testify before congress. Facebook has since lost $120 billion from its share price. She won the British…


Its time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech

September 13, 2018

Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there has been burgeoning awareness of the abhor speech on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. While activists have pressured these companies to improve their content temperance, few groups( outside of the German government) have outright sued the platforms for their actions. That’s because of a legal differences between media publications and media platforms that has stirred solving abhor speech online…


Fake news inquiry calls for social media levy to defend democracy

August 29, 2018

A UK parliamentary committee which has been running a multi-month investigation into the impact of online disinformation on political campaigning — and on republic itself — has published a preliminary report highlighting what it describes as” substantial concerns” over the risks to” shared values and the soundnes of our democratic institutions “. It’s calling for “urgent action” from government and regulatory bodies to” build resilience against misinformation and disinformation into…


Brussels in EU-wide drive to combat voter manipulation online

August 17, 2018

Initiative will coordinate efforts to tackle fake report and misuse of personal data Brussels is to launch an EU-wide initiative to combat voter manipulation through social media, as concerns develop about the issue ahead of elections to the European parliament next May. Vera Jourova, the justice commissioner, said national governments needed to coordinate their efforts to tackle fake news and the misuse of personal data in micro-targeted political advertising. With…


Its official: Brexit campaign broke the law with social medias help

August 4, 2018

The UK’s Electoral Commission has published the results of a near nine-month-long investigation into Brexit referendum spending and has found that government officials Vote Leave campaign broke the law by breaching election campaign spending limits. It says Vote Leave broke the law including by channeling money to a Canadian data firm, AggregateIQ, to use for targeting political advertise on Facebook’s platform, via undeclared seam working with another Brexit campaign, BeLeave….


Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Faces His Ghosts in Parliament

June 15, 2018

During a nearly four-hour grilling before Parliament Wednesday, Alexander Nix, former CEO of the now defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica, faced the ghosts of his past. In the green-carpeted chamber where the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee interrogated Nix for the second time this year, the audience included Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee who blew the whistling on the surreptitious harvesting of up to 87 million Facebook…


Cambridge Analyticas Nix said it licensed millions of data points from Acxiom, Experian, Infogroup to target US voters

June 13, 2018

The repeat grilling by the U.K. parliament’s DCMS committee today of Alexander Nix, the former CEO of the now ex company Cambridge Analytica — aka the controversial political and commercial ad agency at the center of a Facebook data misuse scandal — was not able to shed much new light on what may or may not ought to have going on inside the company. But one nugget of information Nix…


Zuckerberg didnt make any friends in Europe today

June 8, 2018

Speaking in front of EU lawmakers today Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg namechecked the GDPR’s core principles of “control, transparency and accountability” — claiming his corporation will deliver on all that, see Friday, when a new European Union data protection framework, GDPR, starts being applied, finally with penalties worth the enforcement. However there was little transparency or accountability on prove during the session, given the upfront questions format which ascertained Zuckerberg…


Senators Grill Whistleblower on Cambridge Analytica’s Inner Workings

June 4, 2018

In a highly anticipated hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, lawmakers questioned Christopher Wylie, a former research head for the shadowy political data firm Cambridge Analytica, about the company’s history of privacy violations, its contacts with Russia, and its work with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. But an even more fundamental question formed the main points of the inquiry: Did all of the black magic Cambridge Analytica sold to…


UK parliaments call for Zuckerberg to testify goes next level

May 18, 2018

The UK parliament has issued an impressive ultimatum to Facebook in a last-ditch is making an effort to get Mark Zuckerberg to take its questions: Come and give evidence voluntarily or next time you wing to the UK you’ll get a formal summons to appear. ” Following reports that he will be giving evidence to the European Parliament in May, we would like Mr Zuckerberg to come to London during…


YouTube and Facebook Are Losing Creators to Blockchain-Powered Rivals

May 10, 2018

YouTube followers, but they can’t see most of his new videos there. To get 46 of the 71 weightlifting and competitive-eating videos he’s posted in the past two months, devotees have to use DTube. It looks a lot like YouTube, but video builders rely on gifts from observers instead of ad revenue, and the site’s moderators rarely try to censor potentially offensive substance. Czerwinski, who induced the switch 2 months…


Cambridge University hits back at Zuckerbergs shade

May 8, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s witnes to the House yesterday was a largely bland concert, punctuated by frequent pretensions not to know or remember certain fundamental aspects of his own business. But he gave a curiously specific and aggressive response to a question from congressman Eliot Engel. Starting from the premise that Facebook had been “deceived” by other players in the data misuse scandal it’s mired in, the congressman wondered whether…


Mark Zuckerberg: There will always be a version of Facebook that is free

May 4, 2018

Today during Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before the Senate, the Facebook CEO reiterated that” there will always be a version of Facebook that is free .” In the midst of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the user data supplied by up to 87 million people was sold by a third-party developer to Trump Campaign-linked firm Cambridge Analytica, there has been talk of Facebook potentially adding a subscription layer. The scandal…