Scientist at centre of Facebook data scandal faces MPs



Aleksandr Kogan, who teaches at Cambridge University, will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee to explain his relationship with CA, the British-based firm accused of improperly accessing data.

However, "if the commission concludes that the company has violated its agreement and prevented it from providing any piece of information it needs to address the general [research] topic area, it will report this in a visible public statement", it says.

On Tuesday afternoon Cambridge Analytica held a press conference fronted by its spokesperson Clarence Mitchell, which detractors labelled "absolutely farcical".

Kogan said Cruz's campaign team was "unhappy" with the micro-targeting product that was used by Cambridge Analytica to influence voters. I don't think Facebook have been clear with us about what they do with users' data. Additionally, between those who had a Facebook account at the time of the scandal, 41.3% said they either deleted their Facebook account or tightened up their privacy settings.

Mr Kogan created a personality quiz app to collect Facebook information that also scooped up information about the participant's online friends, putting the psychologist at the centre of the Facebook data crisis. Cambridge Analytica has refuted this number, and maintains only 30 million profiles were shared.

Regulation and limits to global digital advertising growth are core components to Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser's bear case for Facebook.

A researcher at the center of a scandal over the alleged misuse of the data of almost 100 million Facebook users said on Tuesday that the work he did was not useful for micro-targeted adverts.

Founded in 2004, Facebook has grown to be the one of the most widely used social networking platform to date with more than 2.2 billion active users monthly as of January of this year. "This was not a special permission you had to get".

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Weatherhead III university professor and director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, and Nate Persily, James B. McClatchy professor of law at Stanford Law School, have proposed a new model for industry-academic partnerships, via which companies such as Facebook would provide access to all relevant data and systems on broad research topics to a "third party" commission led by respected scholars.

Cambridge Analytica's spokesman didn't respond to a request for comment from The National.

During the United Kingdom appearance, some lawmakers questioned Wylie on the links between Cambridge Analytica, its parent company SCL, and work on various political campaigns including Britain's 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Well, if you've been living under a rock for the past month or so, you can read all about it here, here, here, here, and here.

Zuckerberg told USA congressmen earlier this month: "If a developer who people gave their information to, in this case Aleksandr Kogan, then goes and in violation of his agreement with us, sells the information to Cambridge Analytica, that's a big issue".

"I think certainly all of these countries have engaged in activities that people feel uncomfortable with [and] are covert", Kogan said, noting the attempts to link his academic work to Russian collusion.

He claimed "tens of thousands" of apps will have taken advantage of the feature.

Kogan said that CA assured him that what he was doing was "perfectly legal and within the terms of service" of the social media giant. Nix was ousted from the firm on the same day the expose was broadcast.

Cambridge Analytica's former boss, Alexander Nix, was exposed on camera in March saying that the firm ran the digital operations for Trump's 2016 campaign.

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