DOJ and FBI Reportedly Investigating Cambridge Analytica and 'Associated US Persons'

Hannah Rogers
May 16, 2018

Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships said that the apps were suspended pending a rigorous investigation into whether services on Cambridge Analytica had improperly used or gathered users' any personal data.

GSR developed a app that reportedly collected data from people who signed up to use the app as well as information from their Facebook friends, without the explicit approval of all involved. It says, so far, only around 200 have raised suspicions about misuse.

SAM LESTER: This is actually a classic example of closing the barn door after the horse has already left the barn.

Facebook has found itself at the center of another privacy storm this week after it emerged that an app developer stored highly sensitive profile information on over three million users on a poorly secured website for years.

Gap apologises for China map T-shirt that didn't show Taiwan
Hundreds of people complained on Gap's official account on China's Weibo microblogging website, the daily said. It was unclear if the shirts in all of Gap's markets worldwide would also be destroyed.

The political data firm announced earlier this month that it was shutting down and filing for bankruptcy, claiming the negative press made business impossible.

USA investors have sought to speak with banks that have handled the company's business, the Times said, citing an American official and others familiar with the investigation as saying the probe appears to focus on CA's finances and how it obtained and used personal data from Facebook.

Facebook was struck by the privacy scandal in March 2018 after it was reported that Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data on up to 87 million Facebook users without their explicit consent. From researchers at universities to people at companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo - everyone had fun with your data and all the intimate answers entered in the quiz.

As a part of a wider investigation, myPersonality app website has now been taken down by Facebook, and the publicly available credentials are non-functional. In a blog post on Monday, the company says the investigation will have two phases - first, identifying potential abusers and, second, conducting a thorough review that will include audits and on-site visits. If Facebook finds evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, it will ban them and notify users via Help Centre.

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