Cambridge Analytica CEO says firm used vanishing e-mail in campaign

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MORE than 50 million Facebook users have had their personal data harvested to help create political propaganda - so you need to wise up about social network security. But the company is now facing flak for losing sensitive data on 50 million users to a London-based political consultancy called Cambridge Analytica, which harvested the information to try and influence U.S. voters.

Facebook was also hit on Tuesday in a San Francisco court by the first of what could be many lawsuits by shareholders claiming to suffer losses because the company misled them about its ability to protect user data.The company could also soon face lawsuits on behalf of users whose personal information was exposed.

It is investigating whether Facebook violated the terms of a 2011 decree regarding the social network's privacy protections, an unnamed source "familiar with the agency's thinking and not authorised to speak on the record" told the Washington Post newspaper.

Other US legislators, the Justice Commissioner of the European Union, and Damian Collins, a British lawmaker in charge of a committee in parliament tasked to investigate Cambridge Analytics and Facebook, are also calling for Mr. Zuckerberg to testify.

This article has been updated to note a report that Facebook had tentatively agreed to meet with the House Judiciary Committee. Shares slipped another percent or so to $170 in after-market trades.

The letter sets a deadline of 26 March for Zuckerberg to respond.

It might not be wrong to say that Facebook's privacy is a nightmare. The hiring of Joseph Chancellor, who once worked for Cambridge Analytics and is now with Facebook, is also being investigated, although it is not known whether Facebook knew about his connection with Cambridge Analytics when he was hired.

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Every interaction on Facebook generates data, while users volunteer some information in their profile like their hometown and birthday. Facebook has since suspended both the consulting firm and SCL (Strategic Communication Laboratories), a government and military contractor.

Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University professor who studies social media, said the disclosures will increase pressure to regulate Facebook and other social media firms, already under scrutiny for allowing disinformation from Russian-directed sources to propagate.

News of the improper data collection is the latest in a string of discomforting revelations about the ways in which the network may have been used to affect the outcome of the 2016 United States presidential election.

"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", Facebook said in a statement. Kogan was not immediately reachable for comment. "I haven't spoken with two family members since the elections because they are on Facebook and got the 'other" messaging.

It added, "Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called "honeytraps". Wylie's revelations about his former company, reported by The New York Times and The Observer, sparked the current crisis facing Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. It was not clear which firm they were going to.

She said it would not take long to obtain the warrant.

In its statement on Tuesday, it said: "The entire company is outraged we were deceived".

An employee with Facebook's Canadian arm, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the company was looking into whether or not Canadian users' data was collected and shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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