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United Kingdom authorities seek warrant for Cambridge Analytica offices

United Kingdom authorities seek warrant for Cambridge Analytica offices

Britain's data protection authority plans to seek a warrant to search the offices on Tuesday of London-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told Channel 4 News on Monday.

The scrutiny presents a new threat to Facebook's reputation, which is already under attack over Russians' use of Facebook tools to sway American voters with "fake news" posts before and after the 2016 USA elections.

The British firm said it "strongly denies" the claims from Channel 4 as well as reports on misuse of Facebook data.

"(Tech companies) are going to get a lot more scrutiny over what data they are collecting and how they are using it", said Shawn Cruz, senior trading specialist at TD Ameritrade in Chicago.

Cambridge also earned $5.8 million from Sen.

Facebook has also approached two other individuals - former Cambridge employee-turned-whistleblower Christopher Wylie, and University of Cambridge professor Aleksandr Kogan, who did the scraping - to submit to audits as well.

CA was contracted by Donald Trump's presidential campaign, and the Brexit Leave campaign, in 2016. He didn't respond to questions about whether Facebook threatened legal action.

Cambridge Analytica has denied wrongdoing and said it deleted all data it received from a contractor after learning the data had been obtained in violation of Facebook policies.

Facebook shares fell modestly in late trading after tumbling 6.8% in the stock market today on reports that data from 50 million users was held by Cambridge Analytica, which helped President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

Reports in The Observer suggested that the information was used to target political advertising in the 2016 USA presidential election - something denied by CA.

Facebook shares have fallen sharply as the social network faces questions from United States and British politicians about its privacy rules. Then researchers could begin to determine how this data was used to target people. He would make a video recording of the candidate taking the bribe and then post it on the internet, Nix said - later adding that he was "just giving you examples of what can be done and what, what has been done", the New York Times reported. A British legislator said Facebook had misled officials while Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The head of the European Union's parliament says the bloc will investigate Facebook over the use of its data by a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm.

Former employee Christopher Wylie claims the company used the data to influence the U.S. presidential election. He also said that while political ads are also targeted at specific voters, what's different here is that people wouldn't know they were getting messages aimed at influencing their views.

While Wylie said he doesn't know whether Trump's campaign used the techniques, he said Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was meeting with Cambridge Analytica in 2015, before Trump even announced his run for office.



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