Cambridge Analytica: Warrant sought to inspect company

The New York Times and The Observer of London have reported U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign hired a data-analytics company that harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users. And a Canadian is at

Facebook shares fall as pressure mounts on Zuckerberg over data exposure

"The Privacy Act 1988 confers a range of privacy regulatory powers which include powers to investigate an alleged interference with privacy and enforcement powers ranging from less serious to more serious regulatory action, including powers to accept an enforceable undertaking, make a determination, or apply to the court for a civil penalty order for a breach of a civil penalty provision".

"Let's say he had boundary issues on data even back then", said the insider, who noted that Wylie's descriptions of his methods in media reports sounded familiar. The company has said University of Cambridge psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan accessed the information after he requested it from users who gave their consent when they chose to sign up for his test via his Facebook app.

Is the Cambridge Analytica story a signal that we should be more broadly concerned about the power of these platforms and what they are doing with our data?

Facebook is under fire after reports detailing how Cambridge Analytica, which is credited with helping Donald Trump win the U.S. election, acquired and used Facebook's customer information.

The report, which The Washington Post has not independently confirmed, relied on surreptitious video recordings of Alexander Nix, the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, claiming to have used "a web of shadowy front companies" in pursuit of winning elections. Wylie could not immediately be located. "If this data still exists, it would be a grave violation of Facebook's policies and an unacceptable violation of trust and the commitments these groups made", the company stated.

Aside from elections in Mexico, the Czech Republic, India, and elsewhere, the firm was also used to help the campaign of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta in last year's highly controversial Kenyan elections, which, like the US and United Kingdom elections, was riddled with increased claims of fake news and misinformation. Ted Cruz during the 2016 presidential primary.

Trump's campaign Saturday denied using the firm's data, saying it relied on the Republican National Committee for its data.

A Cambridge Analytica spokesman, cited by Channel 4, denied reports that its firm and affiliates "use entrapment, bribes, or so-called "honey-traps" for any goal whatsoever. Any claims that voter data were used from another source to support the victory in 2016 are false".

Cambridge Analytica was also hired by President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

Facebook announced late Friday it was banning Cambridge Analytica from its service for misusing data.

The firm had secured a $15 million investment from Mercer and wooed Bannon with the promise of tools that could identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behavior.

This report is Part Two of a Channel 4 News series, "Data, Democracy and Dirty Tricks", investigating Cambridge Analytica. Facebook shares plunged yesterday following revelations that a firm working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign harvested data on 50 million users, as analysts warned the social media giant's business model could be at risk.

News of the data breach comes just one week after House Intelligence Committee Republicans announced an end to the committee's investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 US presidential election and potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. British officials are also investigating the firm in connection with the June 2016 European Union referendum.

An undercover investigation by Channel 4 recorded CA's chief executive Mr Nix suggesting ways he could help a potential client. SCL later said that position never materialized. Before the Cambridge imbroglio, there were Russian agents running election-related propaganda campaigns through targeted ads and fake political events.

In an interview Monday on NBC's "Today, " Wylie said Cambridge Analytica aimed to "explore mental vulnerabilities of people".

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