SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter Inc. sold data access to the Cambridge University academic who also obtained millions of Facebook Inc. users’ information that was later passed to a political consulting firm without the users’ consent.Aleksandr Kogan, who created a personality quiz on Facebook to harvest information later used by Cambridge Analytica, established his own commercial enterprise, Global Science Research, or GSR. That firm was granted access to large-scale public Twitter data, covering months of posts, for one day in 2015, according to Twitter.“In 2015, GSR did have one-time API access to a random sample of public tweets from a five-month period from December 2014 to April 2015,” Twitter said in a statement to Bloomberg. “Based on the recent reports, we conducted our own internal review and did not find any access to private data about people who use Twitter.”The company has removed Cambridge Analytica and affiliated entities as advertisers. … [Read more...] about Twitter sold Cambridge Analytica researcher public data access
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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — It's not uncommon to see brand new commercial jets flying in and out of Paine Field, just north of Seattle, defying rain and low visibility that define the region. That's because the airport with two runways has for decades served as home to Boeing assembly lines, rolling out models such as the 777 for test flights over the Pacific Ocean.Now an entrepreneur is getting a chance to build the airport's first passenger terminal, betting travelers in Seattle's rapidly-expanding suburbs will use it for short-haul trips instead of fighting traffic and long lines at SeaTac International, one of the country's busiest hubs.Brett Smith's company is investing about $40 million to build the terminal. In the process, he wants to increase U.S. acceptance of a global trend: Putting commercial airport terminals in the hands of private companies instead of the government.Smith is the founder and chief executive officer of Propeller Investments LLC., which secured a 50-year … [Read more...] about Suburban Seattle getting rare, private US airport terminal
Drew Harwell, The Washington Post Published 10:46 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 With Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg getting grilled on Capitol Hill this week over his company's data-gathering practices, privacy experts are asking a central question: Who let Google off the hook? The titan of search, smartphones and Web browsing makes more money off its users than Facebook, gathers more of their data and covers parts of their lives that Facebook can only dream of, Google documents show: what websites they've looked at, what places they've visited and many (if not all) of their searches, calendars, documents and emails. But in the privacy firestorm that has grown out of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, Google has emerged almost entirely unscathed. Google executives were originally invited to testify on the use and abuse of data, but the Senate committee ultimately decided against pursuing it, and the company was referenced only sparingly during several hours of … [Read more...] about Facebook is now in the data-privacy spotlight. Could Google be next?
WASHINGTON - Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly expressed contrition in a high-profile congressional hearing Tuesday that featured complaints that went far beyond how the social network has handled the data of tens of millions of Americans.Senators from both parties aggressively questioned Zuckerberg in his first ever public appearance in front of Congress over recent controversies - from data privacy to Russian disinformation. They demanded new detail about how Facebook collects and uses data and elicited assurances that it will implement major improvements in protecting personal privacy. The threat of greater regulation - not just of Facebook, but of the entire technology industry - hung over the first of two days of congressional hearings."If Facebook and other online companies will not or cannot fix these privacy invasions, then we will," said Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, the highest-ranking Democrat on the Commerce Committee. The Tuesday event was a rare joint … [Read more...] about Congress warns of ‘privacy nightmare,’ as Facebook’s Zuckerberg apologizes for data scandal
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Florian Schaub, University of Michigan (THE CONVERSATION) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimonywill discuss ways to keep people’s online data private, which I’m interested in as a privacy scholar. Facebook and other U.S. companies already follow more comprehensive privacy laws in other countries. But without comparable requirements at home, there’s little reason for them to protect U.S. consumers the same way. U.S. privacy laws are mostly based on the Federal Trade Commission’sFair Information Practice Principles, which recommend companies: – tell customers their data practices, – give people some choice about additional uses, – provide people with access to information about them, and – ensure the security of the data collected. In some industries, there are regulations for handling what’s … [Read more...] about Fragmented US privacy rules leave large data loopholes for Facebook and others