Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Dept. investigating Cambridge Analytica

Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Dept. investigating Cambridge Analytica

The investigation compounds the woes of a firm that has come under intense scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators in the United States and Britain since The New York Times and Observer in London reported in March that it had harvested private data from more than 50 million Facebook profiles, and that it may have violated USA election laws.

The investigation sprung up following reports that political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica was able to inappropriately access the personal data of millions of Americans during the 2016 presidential election on behalf of the campaign for Donald Trump.

Ime Archibong, vice president of Product Partnerships at Facebook, said in a blog that the apps, which he did not specify in detail, will be subject to a thorough investigation as to whether they did in fact misuse any data.

The revelations over Cambridge Analytica have prompted investigations on both sides of the Atlantic and led Facebook to tighten its policies on how personal data is shared and accessed.

Facebook is especially focused on apps operating in 2014 or earlier. Supplementary to that cater-cornered information, details such as age, gender and relationship status from 4.3 million people are also divulged by this app. The University of Cambridge has responded saying that myPersonality was started before the person who created it was even at the university, so it wasn't ever flagged for an ethics review.

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To view the full article, register now. According to New Scientist, the username and password needed to access the data were available on the code-sharing website GitHub for four years.

The Cambridge Analytica data privacy controversy has caused quite a few problems for Facebook.

This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook.

A House of Commons committee has repeated its call for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions in its inquiry on "fake news", after branding written evidence from the company disappointing.

Investigators have contacted Facebook, according to the newspaper.