Cambridge Analytica

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was not even born in early 1982 when the mandated breakup of Bell System began, a move that ultimately slashed the value of the giant and previously unassailable AT&T by 70 percent. He was 15 when Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson found that Microsoft was

UK policy makers have been urged to implement tighter rules around how digital ads can be used in elections, while Facebook is set for more scrutiny from European regulators. Those are two key takeaways from the British Information Commissioner’s investigation into the role of data analytics in elections. Launched in

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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is looking into Facebook’s most recent security breach to determine how many Australians were affected by the hack. Over the weekend Facebook disclosed hackers had exploited a vulnerability that allowed them to access 50 million Facebook accounts. In a statement published on

Facebook is facing a possible class action lawsuit in Australia and small fines in the UK, as the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal continues.   First to the UK where Britain’s privacy watchdog has announced it plans to fine Facebook  £500,000 for failing to keep its users’ information safe.

Apple appears to be bracing itself for a turf-war with the ad-tech community, stepping in to protect its users from Facebook’s increasingly nefarious privacy practices via an upgrade to its Safari browser across mobile and desktop. At this week’s annual WWDC conference, Apple’s SVP of software, Craig Federighi announced that

When digital platforms and services are provided to you for “free” you are the product. This value exchange – products and services for user data – is becoming better understood by consumers, but perhaps not as clearly as many in the technology sector imagine. The recent revelations involving Facebook and

Cambridge Analytica, the data firm at the centre of the Facebook privacy scandal, is shutting down. The company has filed applications to commence insolvency in the UK and US overnight, saying they had been “vilified” for practice which was a “standard component” of digital advertising. Sign up to Which-50’s Digital

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has announced it is conducting a formal investigation into Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the possible unauthorised use of Australian Facebook users’ data. Facebook admitted today that the data of up to 87 million people – including 311,127 Australians – may

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Much of the screech about Cambridge Analytica, foreign actors and bots swaying elections via the medium of advertising seems to me naive. (And I’m not the only one.) Setting aside the ethical oompus boompus, it betrays a touching optimism about how advertising works. Generations of geniuses have worked heroically to

Facebook’s ANZ managing Director, Will Easton, has apologised on behalf of the company for any “concerns” stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. “On behalf of Facebook, I think we want to apologise, and I certainly want to apologise, for any concerns the last week has provided for you guys in