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The enormous infamous Facebook data privacy scandal was all triggered by a psychological test App, which created by Aleksandr Kogan, who has accepted the report of 60 Minutes titled “The Data Miner.” lately, saying that he wasn’t sure he had read Facebook’s developer policy. The policy, while prohibit apps from selling Facebook data or authorizing it to a consulting company.
Kogan has collected data from tens of millions of Facebook users, He said he did not think collecting data for political consulting firms, such as Cambridge Analytica, violated Facebook policy. He also adds “The belief in Silicon Valley and certainly our belief at that point was that the general public must be aware that their data is being sold and shared and used to advertise to them. And nobody cares.”
Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm used by the Trump campaign during the 2016 elections, insisted on Saturday that it did not misuse or hold data obtained from Facebook users, despite having been sanctioned by the platform for doing so.
Now, Kogan knows his assumptions are wrong, and what he did in 2014 was wrong and unwise.
Soon after the “The Data Miner” report, Cambridge Analytica releases a statement, noting that Kogan and GSR Company had promised in a contract that the data would comply with the data protection law, and that the number of American respondents should not exceed 30 million. Cambridge Analytica was unsatisfied with Kogan’s data, the data were replaced with data collected in 2015, and the data were added voluntarily.
“In 2014, Dr Kogan established his own commercial enterprise, Global Science Research (GSR). We understand from Dr Kogan that one of his clients was SCL, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica.”
The statement claims:
“the Cambridge Analytica in the study found that the traditional method based on demographics to respondents group, compared with the traditional method of GSR and root in authorized ways to provide the personality type of data is not good.”
Cambridge Analytica once again stressed that the raw data obtained from Kogan had been deleted after Facebook contacted the company, and that the data derived from the system had been deleted.
Over last month, Facebook has blocked Cambridge Analytica with the reason of the company improperly obtained a large number of users’ personal data from its own services, with an impact of up to 87 million users.
Earlier in 2015, Facebook had known about the Data violations, but they have not been reported to the public. At the time, Facebook simply asked the parties to destroy the data, but the data was not completely destroyed yet.
Cambridge Analytica keep stresses that their data is collected in the form of legal authorization.