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
Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Ammu Charles March 22, 2018 3:19 pm Change Font Size A class-action complaint has been filed by Lauren Price, a resident of Maryland, before the U.S. District Court in San Jose, California seeking unspecified damages for Facebook’s failure to protect data of its users and the exploitation of the data by Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 US election campaign. The complaint alleges violation of California unfair competition law. It is only recently that the news of Cambridge Analytics – Facebook data misuse came into light. This happened when Facebook admitted the role of Cambridge Analytica in using user data without consent to achieve commercial gains. Cambridge Analytica has been suspended since then from accessing its platform. CambridgeAnalytica is a data analytics company founded by Stephen K Bannon and Robert Mercer, a wealthy Republican donor. It has been found to have played a significant role in the leave … [Read more...] about First Lawsuit Against Facebook & Cambridge Analytica