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'More than 87m' Facebook users' data compromised by Cambridge Analytica 'More than 87m' Facebook users' data compromised by Cambridge Analytica
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Whistleblower says Cambridge Analytica used quizzes other than Kogan's This Is Your Digital Life to collect data from Facebook  
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<p class="content__headline "><strong>The number of Facebook users whose data was compromised by Cambridge Analytica is "far more than 87m", according to the company's  second whistleblower. Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Brittany Kaiser said the company had used a range of personality quizzes to collect Facebook users' personal data, citing the ‘sex compass’ quiz as an additional example besides Cambridge University academic Aleksandr Kogan’s This Is Your Digital Life app, when addressing UK MPs on Tuesday (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>).</strong></p>  
  <p class="content__headline "><strong>The number of Facebook users whose data was compromised by political research group Cambridge Analytica is "far more than 87m", according to former employee-turned-whistleblower who gave evidence to a British parliamentary investigation on Tuesday.</strong></p>
  <p class="content__headline ">Brittany Kaiser said the company had used a range of personality quizzes to collect Facebook users' personal data, citing a ‘sex compass’ quiz as an additional example besides those it had obtained from Cambridge University academic Aleksandr Kogan’s This Is Your Digital Life app (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>).</p>
After the Facebook data breach scandal broke last month, with the former CEO of the political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) secretly caught on camera claiming the company was responsible for the surprise Trump victory, and more recently Facebook revising its estimate of its users' data improperly shared with CA upwards to 87 million (<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-04/facebook-says-data-on-87-million-people-may-have-been-shared"><em>Bloomberg</em></a>), CA's former Director of Program Development addressed the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee on April 17 (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>).  After the Facebook data misuse scandal broke last month, with the former CEO of the political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica secretly caught on camera taking responsibility for the surprise Trump victory, and more recently Facebook revising its estimate of its users' data improperly shared with CA upwards to 87 million (<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-04/facebook-says-data-on-87-million-people-may-have-been-shared"><em>Bloomberg</em></a>), Kaiser, Cambridge Analytica former Director of Program Development, addressed the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee.
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The former worker on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/23/former-cambridge-analytica-executive-brittany-kaiser-wants-to-stop-lies"><em>The Guardian</em></a>) wrote: "I believe it is almost certain that the number of Facebook users whose data was compromised through routes similar to that used by Kogan is much greater than 87 million," in evidence provided to the committee (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>).  A former worker on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/23/former-cambridge-analytica-executive-brittany-kaiser-wants-to-stop-lies"><em>The Guardian</em></a>) Kaiser wrote in evidence: "I believe it is almost certain that the number of Facebook users whose data was compromised through routes similar to that used by Kogan is much greater than 87 million." (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>).
Kaiser also said she had concerns that Leave.EU, the unofficial pro-Brexit campaign founded by the insurance businessman Arron Banks, may have committed illegal practices. She told the committee "I have evidence from my own eyes of possible breaches of the Data Protection Act" (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>).  Kaiser also said she had concerns that Leave.EU, the unofficial pro-Brexit campaign founded by the insurance businessman Arron Banks to promote the successful vote for Britain to leave the European Union, may have committed illegal practices. She told the committee "I have evidence from my own eyes of possible breaches of the Data Protection Act" (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>).
Kaiser<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43793546"> said</a> Banks asked CA for a joint Brexit campaigning strategy for Leave.EU, the United Kingdom Independence Party, which Banks is a<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Independence_Party"> major donor to, </a>and his insurance company, Eldon Insurance, before the 2016 UK-EU referendum (<a href="https://www.ft.com/content/733b53fe-422d-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b"><em>Financial Times</em></a> - may be behind paywall). She said she may have seen individuals in the Eldon Insurance database and possibly the UKIP database using personal and commercial data for the benefit of the Leave.EU campaign (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). A Leave.EU spokesperson <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43793546">said</a>: "Eldon shared no data with anyone and to suggest they did is again another lie to attack Arron Banks and Leave.EU directly."  Kaiser<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43793546"> said</a> Banks asked Cambridge Analytica for a joint Brexit campaigning strategy for Leave.EU, the United Kingdom Independence Party, to Banks was a<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Independence_Party"> major donor to, </a>and his insurance company, Eldon Insurance, before the 2016 UK-EU referendum (<a href="https://www.ft.com/content/733b53fe-422d-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b"><em>Financial Times</em></a> - may be behind paywall). She said she may have seen individuals in the Eldon Insurance database and possibly the UKIP database using personal and commercial data for the benefit of the Leave.EU campaign (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). A Leave.EU spokesperson <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43793546">said</a>: "Eldon shared no data with anyone and to suggest they did is again another lie to attack Arron Banks and Leave.EU directly."
Kaiser said CA were never commissioned to do this work but she believes it was carried out by someone else (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). Kaiser also alleged that CA carried out £41,500-worth of work for Leave.EU, which was billed to UKIP, but not paid for and that this was never reported to the electoral commission (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>).  Kaiser said Cambridge Analytica was never commissioned to do this work but she believes it was carried out by someone else (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). Kaiser also alleged that Cambridge Analytica carried out £41,500-worth of work for Leave.EU, which was billed to UKIP, but not paid for and that this was never reported to the Electoral Commission, the regulator. (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/17/facebook-users-data-compromised-far-more-than-87m-mps-told-cambridge-analytica"><em>The Guardian</em></a>).
Leave.EU<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43793546"> denies</a> that CA undertook any of its work when it campaigned to become the official Brexit campaign group. CA said it has never received data from any of Banks's companies.  Leave.EU<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43793546"> denies</a> that Cambridge Analytica undertook any of its work when it campaigned to become the official Brexit campaign group. Cambridge Analytica said it has never received data from any of Banks's companies.
When asked why Kaiser decided to blow the whistle she said in a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/23/former-cambridge-analytica-executive-brittany-kaiser-wants-to-stop-lies">Guardian piece</a>: “Why should we make excuses for these people? Why? I’m so tired of making excuses for old white men. Fucking hell.”  
The suspended CEO of CA, Alexander Nix, was due to appear before the UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee on Wednesday but the chairman of the UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, Damian Collins, said Nix's representatives had told him Nix would <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43793546">would not attend</a>, as he was "subject to a criminal investigation by the Information Commissioner's office". However, Collins <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43793546">said</a> there is no legal reason for Nix, to not attend the inquiry on Wednesday.  
  The suspended CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, was due to appear before the same select committee inquiry this week but the committee chairman Damian Collins, said Nix's representatives had told him Nix would <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43793546">would not attend</a>, as he was already "subject to a criminal investigation". He said he still expected Nix to turn up.
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