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The Federal Trade Commission has filed an administrative complaint against data mining company Cambridge Analytica, and reached settlements with the former CEO and an app developer who worked with the company.
The FTC complaint filed on Wednesday alleges Cambridge Analytica used false and deceptive tactics to harvest personal information from tens of millions of Facebook users, which was later used to profile U.S. voters.
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The agency claims that the UK-based political consultancy, which advised President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, violated U.S. federal law by using 'trickery' to access Facebook user data.
The FTC also announced that it had reached settlements with ex-CEO Alexander Nix, a British national, and app developer Aleksander Kogan, a U.S. citizen, requiring them to destroy any personal data they have collected and restricting how they do business in the future.
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In a separate but related action on Wednesday, the FTC reached a settlement with Facebook in which the social media giant agreed to pay a record $5 billion fine for violating consumers' privacy.
The firestorm dates back to 2014, when Cambridge Analytica partnered with Kogan to develop detailed psychological profiles of potential voters.
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Kogan was the developer of a Facebook application called the GSRApp—sometimes referred to as the 'thisisyourdigitallife' app, which asked its users to answer personality and other questions, and collected information such a user's 'likes'.
The FTC alleges Kogan, together with Cambridge Analytica and Nix used data obtained from the GSRApp to train an algorithm that generated personality scores...
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