Mar 22, 2019

Facebook staff 'flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought'

Facebook employees raised concerns about Cambridge Analytica's data-scraping practices three months earlier than thought, according to US court documents. According to the court documents, the Facebook employee "Warned" the company about Cambridge Analytica's behaviour and discussed it with colleagues. The Guardian reported in December 2015 that Cambridge Analytica had processed data on millions of people gathered by a personality quiz app developed by a researcher, Dr Aleksandr Kogan, and his company GSR. The data was used to target political advertising in the US. When this was made public, Facebook faced widespread scrutiny and was eventually hit with a £500,000 fine from the UK's Information Commissioner's Office. "In September 2015, employees heard speculation that Cambridge Analytica was scraping data, something that is unfortunately common for any internet service," it said. "Facebook was not aware of the transfer of data from Kogan/GSR to Cambridge Analytica until December 2015.".

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