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The agency said that the app illegally collected additional unauthorised data of users as well as their friends’ network on Facebook; in all, data of 335 users and their network of 562,000 of their friends were compromised.(File photo)

CBI books Cambridge Analytica over Facebook data theft

By Neeraj Chauhan, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 04:52 AM IST
The CBI enquiry revealed that Kogan, founder and director of Global Science Research, created a Facebook app, “thisisyourdigitallife”; the app was authorised to collect certain specific data of the users for academic and research purposes.
The nameplate of political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, is seen in central London, Britain. (Reuters File Photo)
The nameplate of political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, is seen in central London, Britain. (Reuters File Photo)

CBI files case against Cambridge Analytica, Global Science: Key points

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 01:55 PM IST
CBI filed has a case against Cambridge Analytica and UK's Global Science Research Ltd for harvesting data of Facebook users in India.
While the campaign may be winding down, the data strategy is very much alive, and the digital details the app collected can be put to multiple other uses(AP)
While the campaign may be winding down, the data strategy is very much alive, and the digital details the app collected can be put to multiple other uses(AP)

Financially troubled startup modelled after Cambridge Analytica helped power Trump campaign

Austin | By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 02:10 PM IST
Austin-based Phunware Inc lets Trump’s team communicate directly with the 2.8 million people who downloaded it, more than any other app in a US presidential campaign, and if they gave permission, with their entire contact list as well
Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica arrives at the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London on March 20, 2018.(Reuters file)
Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica arrives at the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London on March 20, 2018.(Reuters file)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that Facebook in India is controlled by BJP.(PTI File Photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that Facebook in India is controlled by BJP.(PTI File Photo)

Political slugfest over Facebook intensifies

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 12:53 AM IST
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Sunday alleged that the BJP and its ideological parent the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh control Facebook and WhatsApp in India.
Facebook has agreed to pay 500,000 pound fine as part of a settlement with UK’s data protection watchdog over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.(Reuters File Photo)
Facebook has agreed to pay 500,000 pound fine as part of a settlement with UK’s data protection watchdog over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.(Reuters File Photo)

Facebook agrees to pay 500,000 pound fine to UK over Cambridge Analytica

London | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 10:29 AM IST
Facebook said it wished it had “done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica in 2015.”
Facebook suspended “tens of thousands” of apps on its platform as a result of its review on privacy.(Reuters Photo)
Facebook suspended “tens of thousands” of apps on its platform as a result of its review on privacy.(Reuters Photo)

Facebook suspends ‘tens of thousands’ of apps in privacy review

San Francisco | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2019 06:56 AM IST
The review was launched in 2018 after revelations that the political consultancy hijacked personal data on millions of Facebook users and included attorneys, external investigators, data scientists, engineers, policy specialists and others, according to a Facebook statement.
The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are seen in a combination photo from Reuters files.(REUTERS/File Photo)
The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are seen in a combination photo from Reuters files.(REUTERS/File Photo)

Major scrutiny awaits for Big Tech

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 25, 2019 11:16 AM IST
Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple could face new restrictions on their power as House Judiciary Committee heads an antitrust probe into their conduct and business.
The study has been carried out by researchers at Penn Medicine and Stony Brook University.(Unsplash)
The study has been carried out by researchers at Penn Medicine and Stony Brook University.(Unsplash)

Facebook Doesn’t Know If You’re Psychotic

Bloomberg | By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 12:39 PM IST
For just 10 of the 21 conditions, the Facebook feeds were more informative than basic demographic data such as sex, ethnicity and age.
Harris, Senator from California where all the major US tech giants are based, said that Facebook has experienced massive growth and has prioritised its growth consumers’ interests, especially on privacy, she said.(AFP)
Harris, Senator from California where all the major US tech giants are based, said that Facebook has experienced massive growth and has prioritised its growth consumers’ interests, especially on privacy, she said.(AFP)

‘Have to seriously take look at breaking up Facebook’: Indian-origin US senator Kamala Harris

Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 02:23 PM IST
Harris, Senator from California where all the major US tech giants are based, said that Facebook has experienced massive growth and has prioritised its growth consumers’ interests, especially on privacy
Founder Mark Zuckerberg, in(AFP)
Founder Mark Zuckerberg, in(AFP)

Keep a watch on Facebook’s plans

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 07:36 PM IST
Its ambition to be like WeChat is a frightening prospect
Facebook has in the past few years faced public outcry over its role in Russia’s alleged influence on the 2016 US presidential election and has come under fire following revelations that Cambridge Analytica obtained personal data from millions of Facebook profiles without consent.(AP File Photo)
Facebook has in the past few years faced public outcry over its role in Russia’s alleged influence on the 2016 US presidential election and has come under fire following revelations that Cambridge Analytica obtained personal data from millions of Facebook profiles without consent.(AP File Photo)

Facebook spends $22.6 million to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2019 01:19 PM IST
Nearly $20 million went towards security for Zuckerberg and his family, up from about $9 million the year prior. Zuckerberg also received $2.6 million for personal use of private jets, which the company said was part of his overall security programme.
Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. Image for representation.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. Image for representation.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Facebook can’t behave like ‘digital gangster’, says UK report

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2019 06:28 PM IST
Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law, a hard-hitting report on ‘fake news’ by an influential committee of UK parliament said on Monday.
At H&M, 29-year-old Christopher Wylie will help the company use big data and artificial intelligence to make sure it actually designs things shoppers want.(Christopher Wylie)
At H&M, 29-year-old Christopher Wylie will help the company use big data and artificial intelligence to make sure it actually designs things shoppers want.(Christopher Wylie)

The 29-year-old who rocked Facebook has big data plans for H&M

By Anna Molin and Niklas Magnusson, Bloomberg
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2019 07:41 AM IST
Before he was at Cambridge Analytica, Wylie worked as a fashion-trends forecaster. When H&M learned of his former life, it started talking to the Canadian about a potential collaboration.
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., speaks in a conference in the US. While 2018 was the year of amazing investigations on Facebook, there have been grave let-downs in reporting and analysis.(Bloomberg)
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., speaks in a conference in the US. While 2018 was the year of amazing investigations on Facebook, there have been grave let-downs in reporting and analysis.(Bloomberg)

Privacy laws cannot make Facebeook and Google accountable

By Pranesh Prakash
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2019 07:38 AM IST
To safeguard users’ privacy, we need to be able to move away from platforms like Facebook without losing access to their networks.
While it remains to be proven, the violations checklist in the US case against Facebook is indicative of what is in store for users of many an online platform – from allegations of misleading privacy settings to indiscriminate sharing of data with third parties and failure to disclose data breach, the list covers them all. The conspectus of the averments primarily brings to the fore the abject absence of choice and consent.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
While it remains to be proven, the violations checklist in the US case against Facebook is indicative of what is in store for users of many an online platform – from allegations of misleading privacy settings to indiscriminate sharing of data with third parties and failure to disclose data breach, the list covers them all. The conspectus of the averments primarily brings to the fore the abject absence of choice and consent.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

India’s data protection law: Strengthen rules but also follow through to the last mile

By NS Nappinai
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2018 09:56 AM IST
Post the Justice Puttaswamy v. UOI Privacy judgment and its emphatic declaration of privacy being a fundamental right, there is renewed interest in personal data protection, this time however with the individual and not commerce being the focus
Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo.(REUTERS)
Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo.(REUTERS)

Facebook sued by US lawyer over Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Washington | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2018 08:53 AM IST
Washington, DC Attorney General Karl Racine said Facebook misled users because it had known about the incident for two years before disclosing it.
Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Files(REUTERS)
Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Files(REUTERS)

Facebook gave tech giants, including Netflix, access to users’ private messages: Reports

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2018 04:20 PM IST
Social media giant Facebook has been sharing its users’ personal data, including private messages and contact information for users’ friends, with some of the world’s largest technology companies like Microsoft, Amazon
Facebook misled the public about its knowledge of Russian hackers’ use of the powerful platform to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election, a New York Times investigation reported Thursday.(REUTERS)
Facebook misled the public about its knowledge of Russian hackers’ use of the powerful platform to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election, a New York Times investigation reported Thursday.(REUTERS)

Facebook vied to conceal Russia meddling in 2016 US presidential election: Report

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2018 06:33 PM IST
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and chief operating officer Cheryl Sandberg, were both so bent on growing the company that they “ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view,” the report said.
New Delhi, India - Oct. 6, 2018: Richard Allan, VP Policy Solutions, Facebook during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit at Taj Palace in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, October 6, 2018.(HT PHOTO)
New Delhi, India - Oct. 6, 2018: Richard Allan, VP Policy Solutions, Facebook during the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit at Taj Palace in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, October 6, 2018.(HT PHOTO)

Facebook to launch political ads archive before 2019 polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2018 07:10 AM IST
Facebook’s ads archive allows people to look at the ad content across Facebook and Instagram, the duration for which an ad ran, the estimated number of people who saw it, the locations where it was viewed, among other things.
Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat addresses a conference in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat addresses a conference in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Attempts to sway polls with tech biggest challenge: Chief election commissioner OP Rawat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2018 07:50 AM IST
CEC OP Rawat says that while the Election Commission has strengthened mechanisms to prevent distribution of cash and freebies during elections, it will need “to brainstorm to come up with imaginative steps” to counter data mining and misuse.
The nameplate of political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, is seen in central London, Britain.(Reuters File Photo)
The nameplate of political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, is seen in central London, Britain.(Reuters File Photo)

CBI writes to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica over data theft: Report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2018 07:55 PM IST
In the letters sent to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought the details of data collection exercise adapted by them, sources said.
The comments come amid worry that data of users on web services such as Facebook and Twitter can be mined and misused in order to influence poll outcomes.(Reuters File Photo)
The comments come amid worry that data of users on web services such as Facebook and Twitter can be mined and misused in order to influence poll outcomes.(Reuters File Photo)

Won’t allow social media to hurt India’s election process, says government

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 11:18 AM IST
The comments come amid worry that data of users on web services such as Facebook and Twitter can be mined and misused in order to influence poll outcomes, a concern stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The CBI has initiated a preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research for alleged illegal personal data harvesting of Indians from Facebook, officials said on Wednesday.(Reuters Photo)
The CBI has initiated a preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research for alleged illegal personal data harvesting of Indians from Facebook, officials said on Wednesday.(Reuters Photo)

Facebook data breach: CBI begins preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica, GSR

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 08, 2018 08:00 PM IST
It is alleged that Cambridge Analytica received data from Global Science Research which employed “illegal means” of personal data harvesting of Indians using Facebook, officials said.
(Representative image)
(Representative image)

UK MPs seek social media curbs to fight fake news

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2018 02:55 PM IST
Seeking to define ‘fake news’, a report noted that the term became widely used in 2016, notably by US President Donald Trump, “to describe content published by established news providers that they dislike or disagree with, but is more widely applied to various types of false information”.
The focus on data protection comes after the scandal in March over access gained by political marketing firm Cambridge Analytica to user’s data collected through Facebook.
The focus on data protection comes after the scandal in March over access gained by political marketing firm Cambridge Analytica to user’s data collected through Facebook.

Data protection bill will hold tech companies such as Facebook, Google accountable for users’ information

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vidhi Choudhary
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 09:04 AM IST
A draft of the data protection bill, that was submitted to the government on Friday, says there will be consequences for companies that collect users’ data, and also calls for storing this information in India.
A report submitted by a panel headed by Justice BN Srikrishna makes individual consent the centrepiece of data sharing, awards rights to users, imposes obligations on “data fiduciaries”.(AFP File Photo/Representative image)
A report submitted by a panel headed by Justice BN Srikrishna makes individual consent the centrepiece of data sharing, awards rights to users, imposes obligations on “data fiduciaries”.(AFP File Photo/Representative image)

India moves closer to first data privacy law as Srikrishna panel submits report, focus on individual users’ consent

New Delhi | By Nakul Sridhar and Zia Haq
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 09:13 AM IST
Justice Srikrishna said privacy has become a burning issue and therefore, every effort has to be made to protect data at any cost.
Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it is suspected that Cambridge Analytica may have been involved in illegally obtaining data of Indians which could be misused.(HT File Photo/Sonu Mehta)
Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it is suspected that Cambridge Analytica may have been involved in illegally obtaining data of Indians which could be misused.(HT File Photo/Sonu Mehta)

CBI to investigate if Cambridge Analytica violated IT Act, IPC, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 09:00 PM IST
Facebook has faced increased scrutiny in the United States and the European Union over how Cambridge Analytica obtained the personal data of 87 million Facebook users. The consultancy allegedly used the data to support US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
Facebook’s fortunes shifted in under two hours as the company first reported revenue and user growth that missed expectations and then issued warnings about future growth and expenses.(REUTERS File Photo)
Facebook’s fortunes shifted in under two hours as the company first reported revenue and user growth that missed expectations and then issued warnings about future growth and expenses.(REUTERS File Photo)

The worst is yet to come: Facebook’s privacy push will erode profits for years to come

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 01:52 PM IST
Facebook’s second-quarter results were the first sign that a new European privacy law and a succession of privacy scandals involving Cambridge Analytica and other app developers have bit into Facebook’s business.
Zuckerberg has said he did not expect a meaningful impact from the uproar over data hijacked by political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, but the last quarter’s figures suggested some cooling.(AP Photo)
Zuckerberg has said he did not expect a meaningful impact from the uproar over data hijacked by political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, but the last quarter’s figures suggested some cooling.(AP Photo)

Facebook shares nosedive on data breach fallout, $130 billion wiped out

San Francisco | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 01:41 PM IST
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the tech giant has been investing heavily in “safety, security and privacy” after being rocked by concerns of manipulation.
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