CNET: Facebook sued by Australian privacy watchdog over Cambridge Analytica scandal. “An Australian privacy watchdog is suing Facebook after the social network allegedly passed on data from 311,074 Australian users to an app at the center of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The case, which was filed in Australia’s federal court on Monday, is another sign that Facebook’s privacy woes are far from over. “
TechCrunch: Cambridge Analytica email chain with Facebook sheds new light on data misuse scandal. “Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Brittany Kaiser has released new documents today that illuminate the initial jockeying between the company and Facebook as they discussed the need for Cambridge Analytica to delete data associated with 87 million Facebook users’ profiles. The data was improperly obtained in 2014 by researchers with access to Facebook’s developer platform who were being paid by Cambridge Analytica to obtain and process social media users’ information for the purpose of targeting political ads.”
Mashable: Facebook just lost a court battle to cover up possible privacy abuses. “The social media giant lost a major court battle today that has the potential to pull back the curtain on thousands of as yet unknown privacy scandals. According to The Washington Post, a Massachusetts judge ordered Facebook to hand over data regarding scores of third-party apps suspended from the platform following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.”
The Guardian: Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’ . “An explosive leak of tens of thousands of documents from the defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica is set to expose the inner workings of the company that collapsed after the Observer revealed it had misappropriated 87 million Facebook profiles. More than 100,000 documents relating to work in 68 countries that will lay bare the global infrastructure of an operation used to manipulate voters on ‘an industrial scale’ are set to be released over the next months.”
The Verge: FTC officially rules that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook users. “In July, the FTC accused the consulting company, as well as CEO Alexander Nix and app developer Aleksandr Kogan, of collecting data on tens of millions of Facebook users through a personality-testing app. The news, first revealed in 2018, upended Facebook and led to a congressional appearance by Mark Zuckerberg. The FTC previously settled the case with Nix and Kogan, and today voted unanimously to formally call the company’s practices deceptive.”
UPI: Britain fines Facebook in Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. “The British government ordered Facebook Wednesday to pay a $644,000 fine in connection with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. A $644,000 fine ordered for a company that just announced third-quarter net income of over $6 billion dollars! That’ll learn ’em.
TechCrunch: Facebook really doesn’t want you to read these emails. “So what is Facebook trying to bury in the horse latitudes of summer? An internal email chain, starting September 2015, which shows a glimpse of what Facebook’s own staff knew about the activity of Cambridge Analytica prior to The Guardian’s December 2015 scoop — when the newspaper broke the story that the controversial (and now defunct) data analytics firm, then working for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, had harvested data on millions of Facebook users without their knowledge and/or consent, and was using psychological insights gleaned from the data to target voters.”