UK Assessing Evidence After Cambridge Analytica Search

Cambridge Analytica offices searched

The high court granted the raid request less than an hour earlier, as Denham investigates claims that Cambridge Analytica may have illegally harvested Facebook data for political ends.

He has already been called to reappear before British lawmakers to explain "inconsistencies" in past testimony about the firm's use of the data.

Friday's notice to the firm followed local media reports that Indian political parties had used the data analytics firm during elections. Mercer, originally a computer scientist, made a fortune as an executive in Renaissance Technologies, a Setauket-based hedge fund that, somewhat like Cambridge Analytica, uses data-driven mathematical models.

Users get the option to allow data collection when they sign up for Messenger or Facebook Lite, the Facebook posting said.

German bank Commerzbank also said it was putting Facebook advertising "on hold" as it evaluates data security, according to the AFR.

A Cambridge psychology professor called Aleksandr Kogan built a personality quiz called "thisisyourdigitallife" in 2015 that asked Facebook users to provide information about themselves.

Questions are also being raised about Cambridge Analytica's role in Britain's vote to leave the European Union in 2016.

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That app vacuumed up information from users who gave the app permission to access their accounts - as well as additional data from their Facebook friends.

After five days of silence, Zuckerberg released a Facebook post admitting mistakes and outlining steps to protect user data.

It denies the data was used in the Trump campaign, and Facebook says it was used without its knowledge.

Facebook's response, however, is limited to a narrow range of technical changes that will further limit the data apps can collect and lead to audits of apps that exhibit troubling behaviour.

India's information technology minister last week warned against any abuse of social media in elections, following reports that the analytics firm improperly accessed information on millions of Facebook users to target United States voters.

"The company believed that the data had been obtained in line with Facebook's terms of service and data protection laws", Tayler said.

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