FTC also sues Cambridge Analytica, settles with former CEO and app developer

TechCrunch | 7/24/2019 | Staff
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As part of the investigation against Facebook’s privacy lapses, the FTC announced today that it is suing Cambridge Analytica. The agency has already agreed to settlement with former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix as well as app developer Aleksandr Kogan.

The Federal Trade Commission described the administrative complaint in a press release. It alleged that Cambridge Analytica and the app developer that worked with the company “employed deceptive tactics to harvest personal information from tens of millions of Facebook users for voter profiling and targeting.”

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In particular, an app called GSRApp or “thisisyourdigitallife” took advantage of Facebook’s API to collect personal information without proper consent. The app collected profile data from 250,000 to 270,000 users located in the U.S. In addition to the answers to personality questions, the app collected page likes of those users.

But the app went one step further by collecting likes and personal information from the Facebook friends of those users. It represents 50 million to 65 million people, including at least 30 million people in the U.S.

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While Cambridge Analytica, Nix and Kogan took advantage of Facebook’s generous API, they misled users of the app. And that’s what the FTC didn’t like.

The FTC alleges, however, that this was false, and that the GSRApp in fact...
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