New York And Massachusetts Demand Facebook Hand Over Cambridge Analytica Information

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New York And Massachusetts Demand Facebook Hand Over Cambridge Analytica Information


And on Friday, Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica after receiving reports the firm didn’t delete data from an app developer, despite saying it had done so, potentially giving it access to massive amounts of user information to allegedly tailor misinformation campaigns.

On Saturday, whistleblower Christopher Wylie said the firm had used that personal data without permission to profile US voters and influence their decisions.

The UK’s information commissioner has also said she would seek a warrant to access Cambridge Analytica’s servers, and Facebook hired an outside digital forensics agency to audit the firm.

Cambridge Analytica says it uses a method called “psychographic” profiling to understand behavior. In addition to working for the Trump campaign, it also assisted Sen. Ted Cruz and helped develop the messaging for a pro-Brexit group. Nix has boasted that it “profiled the personality of every adult in the United States of America — 220 million people.”

The company also has deep ties to Trump-connected figures such as Steve Bannon, who once served on its board of directors, and the Mercer family, which largely owns the firm and who are also some of Trump’s biggest donors.

Lawmakers have also been demanding more information. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said the use of Facebook data may have violated Federal Trade Commission rules, and called for both the social network and Cambridge Analytica to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee.

All requests by Facebook to the following people or entities in which Facebook asked the recipients to delete Facebook user data:

o Aleksandr Kogan;

o Joseph Chancellor;

o GSR;

o Alexander Nix;

o Cambridge Analytica;

o SCL Group; and

o any contractor, agent, or consultant to any person or entity listed in (a) through (f) of this request (including but not limited to Eunoia Technologies and Christopher Wylie).

· All terms, conditions, contracts, agreements, or other representations regarding the collection, use, disclosure, and deletion of data obtained through Facebook from January 1, 2013 to the present, that were made to or that applied to:

a. Alexander Nix;

b. Cambridge Analytica;

c. SCL Group; and

d. any contractor, agent, or consultant to any person or entity listed in (a) through (c) of this request (including but not limited to Eunoia Technologies and Christopher Wylie).

· All communications between Facebook and the following people or entities:

a. Aleksandr Kogan;

b. Joseph Chancellor;

c. GSR;

d. Alexander Nix;

e. Cambridge Analytica;

f. SCL Group; and

g. any contractor, agent, or consultant to any person or entity listed in (a) through (f) of this request (including but not limited to Eunoia Technologies and Christopher Wylie).

· All documents concerning actual or suspected violations of Facebook’s terms, conditions, contracts, agreements, or other representations made to developers of apps regarding the collection, use, disclosure, and deletion of data obtained through Facebook from January 1, 2013 to the present, by any of the following people or entities:

a. Aleksandr Kogan;

b. Joseph Chancellor;

c. GSR;

d. Alexander Nix;

e. Cambridge Analytica;

f. SCL Group; and

g. any contractor, agent, or consultant to any person or entity listed in (a) through (g) of this request (including but not limited to Eunoia Technologies and Christopher Wylie).

· Number of Facebook users in New York State and Massachusetts, respectively, whose data was accessed by the App, broken out by city or town.

· All categories of information the App actually collected (e.g., home address, email address, current location, phone number, age, gender, schools attended, employers, language, income level, relationship status, political engagement, websites visited while logged-in/out, and “likes”) from:

a. Facebook users who downloaded or used the App; and

b. the friends or other contacts of Facebook users who downloaded or used the App.

· Documents and information concerning the policies and practices of Facebook, during the relevant time, concerning its review of the collection, usage, disclosure, and deletion of Facebook user data, inducing without limitation any “app review” policies.

· Explain all the steps performed by Facebook to confirm whether Aleksandr Kogan, Joseph Chancellor, and/or GSR were complying with—or discover they were violating—all applicable Facebook policies and terms with regard to the data collected by the App

· Explain all the steps performed by Facebook to confirm that Aleksandr Kogan, Joseph Chancellor, and/or GSR deleted data collected by the App.

· Describe all persons or entities of which Facebook is aware who had access to the Facebook user information obtained by the App, how each such person or entity was able to obtain such access, and whether each such person or entity was authorized by Facebook’s policies When did Facebook learn that data accessed through the App was transferred to a third party? How did Facebook learn of this transfer? Explain in detail the steps Facebook took in response and the date of each step. When did Facebook remove the App from the Facebook platform?

· Explain why Facebook did not tell users or the public that the data was transferred to a third party when it learned this information. Identify all the people who were involved in the decision not to disclose this fact to the affected users or law enforcement and provide copies of all documents and email related to this decision.

· Explain how a user who downloaded the App consented to the collection of the data. Provide excepts from relevant terms of use or other documents.

· Explain how the Facebook “friends” of the users consented to the collection of the data by the App. Provide excepts from relevant terms of use, privacy policies, or other representations made to consumers in connection with the App.

· Prior to date of removal of App, did Facebook collect social security numbers, financial account numbers (such as credit/debit card numbers) or driver license numbers? If so, in what circumstances?

· Did Facebook review a copy of the data collected by the App? Explain.

· Describe all steps that Facebook has taken, or is intends to take, to determine what user data was exposed to third parties, whether that data was deleted and when, and to track or prevent further uses of that data on Facebook.


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