Senate Judiciary: Political Ad Disclosure; Facebook/Cambridge Analytica

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Post by Dan1100 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:04 pm

Not sure who the Information Commissioner is, but apparently this has caused kerfuffle.
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UPDATE: Information Commissioner just told us she will apply for warrant TONIGHT #C4News #CambridgeAnalyticaUncovered

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"I'll be applying to the court for a warrant tomorrow" - UK Information Commissioner re #CambridgeAnalyticaUncovered



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BREAKING: Channel 4 just announced that authorities have gained a warrant to search CA building TONIGHT! @ZevShalev


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Tomorrow there's more: @C4KylieM has Part Three of our undercover investigation focusing on @CamAnalytica's claim they won the election for President Donald Trump. #CambridgeAnalyticaUncovered

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Post by Mikedunford » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:30 pm

Maybe it's just me, but -

-isn't it really fucking stoopid to announce to the press that you're getting a warrant before you, y'know, get the fucking warrant? Unless, of course, there's data you're hoping will be deleted before you arrive.


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Post by Lani » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:35 pm

According to twitter machine, Facebook reps are already in the Cambridge Analytica offices.


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Post by Lani » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:37 pm

Lani wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:35 pm
According to twitter machine, Facebook reps are already in the Cambridge Analytica offices.
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Facebook have confirmed that auditors and legal counsel acting on behalf of the company were in the offices of Cambridge Analytica this evening until they were told to stand down by the Information Commissioner. These investigations need to be undertaken by the proper authorities


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:38 pm

Mikedunford wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:30 pm
Maybe it's just me, but -

-isn't it really fucking stoopid to announce to the press that you're getting a warrant before you, y'know, get the fucking warrant? Unless, of course, there's data you're hoping will be deleted before you arrive.
Stick a TV camera in front of people and they seem to lose all commonsesnse.



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Post by Addie » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:21 pm

CNBC
Facebook security chief reportedly leaving company after clashes over Russian disinformation

Facebook Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos is reportedly leaving after disagreements over how the social media network should handle the spread of disinformation, the New York Times reported.

Stamos has been a vocal advocate for investigating and disclosing Russian activity on Facebook and for increasing corporate responsibility in the tech world.

Stamos tweeted several times on Saturday, in the aftermath of the New York Times report detailing Cambridge Analytica's use of data gathered without Facebook users' permission. According to the account of a Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower, the company used this information to develop techniques that helped President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. ...

Current and former employees told the New York Times Stamos said he would leave the company back in December, but was persuaded to stay through August. Executives thought his departure might look bad.

Stamos would be the first high-ranking executive to leave the company since controversy broke out over fake news and disinformation on the site.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:32 pm

https://wonkette.com/631445/cambridge-a ... -mean-them
Excellent summary as only Wonkette can do!
Cambridge Analytica DID NOT Use Ukrainian Prostitutes As Honeyp … Oh, You Mean THEM?

Did you hear the one about how the shit is finally hitting the fan for Cambridge Analytica, the skeevy weird data company Donald Trump’s campaign used to help him steal the election? Of course you did, we just wrote about it! Ah, Cambridge Analytica, the weird company Steve Bannon was on the board of, the one whose US address was the same as the address for Breitbart and all of Steve Bannon’s other fucked up loser ventures!

Channel 4 in Merry Olde Englande is releasing a series of mini-documentaries on Cambridge Analytica’s work, because apparently the Deep State had a meeting and decided this week was LET’S FUCK UP CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA WEEK. The first segment focused on CA whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who is speaking out about the “frankenmonster” he created for CA, the tool that was used to harvest millions of Americans’ Facebook data, so that the Trump campaign could in turn micro-target those people with lies, damned lies, and #TrumpFacts, possibly with Russia’s help.

Channel 4 went undercover as Fake Sri Lankans, pretending to want to hire CA for Fake Sri Lanka Elections. And in so doing, they heard SOME STUFF. In essence, Channel 4 totally James O’Keefe-d Cambridge Analytica, but correctly, without doing the part O’Keefe does where he just cold makes up shit and every single one of his exclusive reports is giggled off the internet about 11 seconds after it’s released. The first CA people they met with were a couple of CA bigwigs named Alex Tayler and Mark Turnbull, and it wasn’t too hard to get them to spill! Asked about the data mining stuff, Turnbull emphasized that CA isn’t looking to insert true information into a debate, but rather to play off people’s fears and emotions, which in the case of the Trump campaign, means “racism”....

Cambridge Analytica has no problem with “wad[ing] into a foreign election,” because they know they can “disappear without a trace” afterward, as Channel 4’s reporter put it. And what of laws about foreign interference in elections, or if you just don’t want people to know Cambridge Analytica did your dirty work? There’s a fucked up workaround for that, of course. Here’s Turnbull:

It may be that we have to contract under a different name. A different entity, with a different name, so that no record exists with our name attached to this at all.

And what about fake news and stuff, Alexander Nix?

I mean, it sounds a dreadful thing to say …

It does.

… but these are things that don’t necessarily need to be true, as long as they’re believed.

Gotcha. Apparently Nix feels that way when he talks to congressional committees too.


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Post by fierceredpanda » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:35 pm

I saw something about the consent decree Facebook entered into with the Federal Trade Commission a couple years back over privacy issues. Apparently, Facebook is potentially on the hook for something like $40,000 per violation. Doing some quick math here - $40,000 times 50 million profiles is...2 trillion dollars. That's a 2 with 12 zeros after it.

I mean, obviously that isn't going to happen, but still. Real money on the line here. And yeah, the British Information Commissioner is a fucking idiot for going public with the intent to get a warrant, unless she already has the information in question and just wants to see how much of a panic-stricken shredder-and-hard-drive-magnet party she provokes.

Also, paging Robert Mueller on the Lukoil connection, because this smells like a Russian intelligence job.


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CA Chicanery in the Foggy State:
Tillis may have benefited from Facebook data breach
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North Carolina voters were among the first in the U.S. to be targeted by Cambridge Analytica, which boasted that its cache of "psychographic data" could be used to build personality profiles of voters and target political ads at them to influence their behavior.
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In 2014, Tillis' campaign paid Cambridge Analytica $30,000, and the North Carolina Republican Party paid $150,000, making the GOP the company's fourth-largest client that year. The party also paid the firm $65,000 in 2015.

Cambridge Analytica now features Tillis' successful campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan as a case study on its website.
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Cambridge Analytica's third-largest client in 2014, the John Bolton SuperPAC, was also highly active in the Tillis/Hagan race, spending nearly $1.5 million to benefit Tillis and damage Hagan. The super-PAC spent $341,000 with the company for messaging consulting.
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Post by AnOwlCalledSage » Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:37 am

RTH10260 wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:40 pm
The requests of 230'000 primary profile users and an unknown number of second tier users could drive them out of business.
Or be a lucrative business move. From the ICO web site:
You can ask the organisation you think is holding, using or sharing the personal information you want, to supply you with copies of both paper and computer records and related information.

Organisations may charge a fee of up to £10
That would be a nice £2.3m windfall.



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Post by fierceredpanda » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:37 am

Hearing that this Wylie guy has been cooperating with the British authorities for some months now. If that's the case, then the public statement about requesting a warrant might be for show. They may well already have whatever documents they're looking for.


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Post by Addie » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:39 am

Uh oh. They best be askeered of Foggy. :boxing:
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Post by Addie » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:08 am

ABC News
Congress turns up heat on Facebook after allegations of data harvesting

Congress is ratcheting up political pressure on Facebook after reports that a political data analytics firm employed by President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign received personal data and information from up to 50 million profiles on the popular social networking site.

Lawmakers involved in congressional investigations into Russian election interference have renewed interest in the platform, calling for top company leaders to testify on Capitol Hill and more scrutiny of safeguards meant to protect user data.

“I think it’s time for the CEO, Mr. [Mark] Zuckerberg, and other top officials to come and testify and not tell part of the story, but tell the whole story of their involvement -- not only with the Trump campaign but their ability to have their platform misused by the Russians,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told ABC News.

“These tech platforms .... need to be more forthcoming or Washington is going to start imposing rules and regulations that may not fit,” he warned.
Adding:
The Guardian: The Facebook breach makes it clear: data must be regulated

Companies use our personal information to enrich themselves. Regulation of this practice is long overdue
Techdirt: Both Facebook And Cambridge Analytica Threatened To Sue Journalists Over Stories On CA's Use Of Facebook Data


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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie says the company tested Trump slogans such as "drain the swamp" and "deep state" as early as 2014, before Trump announced a presidential run.



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Top Russia probe Republican: 'No intention' of calling Cambridge Analytica officials back

The Republican lawmaker leading the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation said Monday he does not intend to call back Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix or other company officials to testify before the panel.

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) appeared to have little appetite to talk to the data firm that the Trump campaign used during the 2016 presidential election.

Cambridge Analytica reportedly obtained and kept the private information of 50 million Facebook users without their permission, which prompted Facebook to suspend the firm on Friday.

“I have no intention of bringing in any other witnesses for the Russia investigation,” Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) told reporters when asked whether he wants to hear from the firm.

He instead deferred the decision to Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) who he said will broadly control whether or not to bring in new witnesses related to the Russia investigation after Thursday, when the GOP plans to put out its final report on the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election.


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New York Times
Trump’s High-Tech Dirty Tricksters - The New York Times ...

After days of revelations, there’s still a lot we don’t know about Cambridge Analytica. But we’ve learned that an operation at the heart of Trump’s campaign was ethically nihilistic and quite possibly criminal in ways that even its harshest critics hadn’t suspected. That’s useful information. In weighing the credibility of various accusations made against the president, it’s good to know the depths to which the people around him are willing to sink.

Created in 2013, Cambridge Analytica is an offshoot of the SCL Group, a British company that specialized in disinformation campaigns in the developing world. It’s mostly owned by the Mercer family, billionaire right-wing donors and strong Trump supporters. Before becoming the Trump campaign’s chief executive, Steve Bannon was Cambridge Analytica’s vice president. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I., also served as an adviser to the company.

Cambridge Analytica shared office space with Trump’s San Antonio-based digital operation, and took substantial credit for its success. “We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communications played such an integral part in President-elect Donald Trump’s extraordinary win,” Nix said in a Nov. 9, 2016, news release. ...

But whether or not Cambridge Analytica’s methodology works, the fact that the Trump campaign had a crew of high-tech dirty tricksters on its payroll is significant. We already know that Cambridge Analytica reached out to Julian Assange about finding and disseminating Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails. We know that Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has asked the company to turn over documents related to the Trump campaign. Channel Four News plans to air additional undercover footage about Cambridge Analytica’s role in the Trump campaign on Tuesday.


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FTC opens investigation into Facebook after Cambridge Analytica scrapes millions of users’ personal information

The Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Facebook following reports that a data analytics firm that had worked with the Trump campaign had improperly accessed names, “likes” and other personal information about tens of millions of the social site’s users without their knowledge.

The FTC probe – confirmed by a source familiar with the agency's thinking and not authorized to speak on the record -- marks the most substantial political and legal threat yet to Facebook as it grapples with the fallout from Cambridge Analytica and its controversial tactics. And it could result in the U.S. government slapping Facebook with a massive fine.

At issue for the company -- and at the heart of the FTC probe -- is a settlement they reached with the agency in November 2011, ending an investigation that Facebook deceived users about the privacy protections they are afforded on the site.


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CA seems to be cutting their CEO loose. Mercers must be nervous.
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Post by fierceredpanda » Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:20 pm

Anyone want to bet that Alexander Nix is the next London resident to die under tragic and untimely circumstances?


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BuzzFeed News: Cambridge Analytica Says It Won The Election For Trump. Here’s What They’re Actually Talking About.


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