Mar 17, 2018
Trump campaign data firm accused of harvesting Facebook data
The attorney general for the state of Massachusetts is launching an investigation into alleged harvesting of Facebook profiles by a firm employed by Donald Trump's election campaign. The company, Cambridge Analytica, was suspended from Facebook on Friday. The American data analysis firm - which is not associated with the famous British university - is well known for the role it played in President Trump's election campaign, where it provided intricate data on the thoughts of American voters. A Facebook spokesperson said that the data collection was not a hack or a breach. On Saturday, as the story emerged in newspapers, the UK Information Commissioner released a statement saying it was "Investigating the circumstances in which Facebook data may have been illegally acquired and used".
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