Documents show that an ethics panel at the University of Cambridge rejected a proposed academic study on Facebook likes due to the company's "deceptive" approach to users' privacy, reports The Guardian. The study was proposed in 2015 by Aleksander Kogan, an academic in the university's Department of Psychology, who is at the center of the Facebook privacy scandal. It suggested looking at how Facebook likes are linked to "personality traits, socioeconomic status and physical environments." The psychology research ethics committee at the University of Cambridge said it found that Kogan's proposal included "worrisome" aspects, according to documents that were recently released. The panel also said the social media giant's approach to consent "falls far below the ethical expectations of the university." Aleksandr Kogan: The link between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook According to The Guardian, the academic investigation involved 250,000 Facebook users' personal … [Read more...] about Report: Cambridge University ethics panel rejected Aleksandr Kogan’s Facebook study
Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg are in a whale of trouble and not just because the company has lost tens of billions of dollars in market value in recent weeks. We now know that during years of essentially policing itself, Facebook allowed Russian trolls to buy U.S. election ads, advertisers to discriminate by race, hate groups to spread fake news and, because facebook shirked privacy concerns, a company called Cambridge Analytica was able to surreptitiously gain access to personal data mined from as many as 87 million Facebook users. "If I had any inkling that what we were going to do was going to destroy my relationship with Facebook, I would've never done it." The man who mined that data for Cambridge Analytica is a scientist named Aleksandr Kogan. He's at the center of the Facebook controversy because he developed an app that harvested data from tens of millions of unwitting Facebook users. Lesley Stahl: The main infraction, the main charge is that you sold the data. … [Read more...] about Aleksandr Kogan: The link between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook
Aleksandr Kogan -- who spoke to "60 Minutes" in an interview airing Sunday -- is the app developer at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal. The social media giant announced last month that it was suspending the University of Cambridge professor for violating its policies in 2015. Kogan served as a director of Global Science Research (GSR) where he exploited a Facebook loophole and harvested the data of 50 million users with his mobile app "thisisyourdigitallife." Facebook said Kogan and Cambridge Analytica lied about deleting the data after they learned about the incident. Kogan gained access to the data in a legitimate way, Facebook said, but he violated the its policies by passing it to third parties. Full coverage: Online security, real world threats, and the desire for privacy But Kogan told "60 Minutes" he didn't think obtaining the data for a political consulting firm was against Facebook's rules. "The belief in Silicon Valley and certainly our belief … [Read more...] about Who is Aleksandr Kogan?
Aleksandr Kogan, the app developer at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal, tells 60 Minutes he isn't sure whether he ever read the social network's developer policy, which prohibited apps like his from selling or licensing Facebook data to marketing firms – like Cambridge Analytica. Kogan tells Lesley Stahl that when he harvested the data of tens of millions of Facebook users, he didn't think obtaining it for a political consulting firm was against the rules. "The belief in Silicon Valley and certainly our belief…was that the general public must be aware that their data is being sold and shared and used to advertise to them," Kogan said. "And nobody cares." In retrospect, Kogan says he believes his assumptions were misguided and therefore what he did in 2014 "was not right and was not wise." But he insists it was business as usual at the time in this excerpt from Sunday's report, "Data Miner," which will air Sunday, April 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT: LESLEY STAHL: It says … [Read more...] about Alex Kogan fires back at Facebook
Last Updated Apr 4, 2018 5:49 PM EDT Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters on a Wednesday conference call that as many as 87 million accounts may have been accessed by Cambridge Analytica, significantly above a previous estimate of 50 million. In a lengthy Q&A session, Zuckerberg said that there was still a degree of uncertainty over just how much data had been obtained by the firm and Cambridge researcher Aleksandr Kogan, who devised the app they used to mine user profiles."We don't know how many people's data Kogan got and what he sold to Cambridge Analytica," Zuckerberg said. He said that the initial estimate of 50 million accounts was from a third party, and that he was "confident that it's not more than 87 million — it could be less." A 37 million-person margin of error is an enormous cushion, much bigger on its own than most data breaches. "We didn't take a broad enough view what our responsibility was," Zuckerberg said on the conference call, explaining how … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg says he’s not stepping down at Facebook, nobody fired after data scandal