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Cambridge Analytica shuts down Cambridge Analytica shuts down
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The data analytics firm has closed, though investigators said they will continue to probe into its misuse of personal data The data analytics firm has closed, though investigators said they will continue to probe into its misuse of personal data
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<strong>Political data-firm Cambridge Analytica <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/02/cambridge-analytica-closing-down-after-facebook-row-reports-say">is closing down</a>, citing a loss of business. The firm has been accused of mishandling the data of up to 87 million Facebook profiles for use in political campaigns. </strong> <strong>Political data-firm Cambridge Analytica <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/02/cambridge-analytica-closing-down-after-facebook-row-reports-say">is closing down</a>, citing a loss of business. The firm has been accused of mishandling the data of up to 87 million Facebook profiles for use in political campaigns. </strong>
In a <a href="https://ca-commercial.com/news/cambridge-analytica-and-scl-elections-commence-insolvency-proceedings-and-release-results-3">statement on its website</a>, the firm said: "Despite Cambridge Analytica's unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully...the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company's customers and suppliers...As a result, it has been determined that it is no longer viable to continue operating the business." In a <a href="https://ca-commercial.com/news/cambridge-analytica-and-scl-elections-commence-insolvency-proceedings-and-release-results-3">statement on its website</a>, the firm said: "Despite Cambridge Analytica's unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully...the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company's customers and suppliers...As a result, it has been determined that it is no longer viable to continue operating the business."
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), however, said it will <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43985186">continue its investigation</a> into "individuals and directors" regardless of the closure. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), however, said it will <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43985186">continue its investigation</a> into "individuals and directors" regardless of the closure.
Its CEO, Alexander Nix, came under fire when <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Kogan">Aleksandr Kogan</a>, the Cambridge University researcher at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-facebook-privacy-cambridge-analytica/researcher-in-facebook-scandal-says-my-work-was-no-good-for-targeted-advertising-idUKKBN1HV13S">how the firm </a>sourced its data. Its CEO, Alexander Nix, came under fire when <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Kogan">Aleksandr Kogan</a>, the Cambridge University researcher at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica scandal revealed <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-facebook-privacy-cambridge-analytica/researcher-in-facebook-scandal-says-my-work-was-no-good-for-targeted-advertising-idUKKBN1HV13S">how the firm </a>sourced its data.
Nix told the UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee on February 27 that Cambridge Analytica never received any data from a Facebook app developed by Global Science Research, a company owned by Kogan. Nix told the UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee on February 27 that Cambridge Analytica never received any data from a Facebook app developed by Global Science Research, a company owned by Kogan.
Speaking to the committee on April 24, Kogan disputed this version of events. "We certainly gave them data. That's <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-facebook-privacy-cambridge-analytica/researcher-in-facebook-scandal-says-my-work-was-no-good-for-targeted-advertising-idUKKBN1HV13S">indisputable,"</a> he said. Speaking to the committee on April 24, Kogan disputed this version of events. "We certainly gave them data. That's <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-facebook-privacy-cambridge-analytica/researcher-in-facebook-scandal-says-my-work-was-no-good-for-targeted-advertising-idUKKBN1HV13S">indisputable,"</a> he said.
Nix <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/digital-culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/fake-news-nix-evidence-17-19/">refused to testify</a> before committee a second time on April 17.  
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Kogan told the committee that the data he supplied to Cambridge Analytica, gathered through a Facebook app known as 'This Is Your Digital Life,' <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-facebook-privacy-cambridge-analytica/researcher-in-facebook-scandal-says-my-work-was-no-good-for-targeted-advertising-idUKKBN1HV13S">would have been of no use</a> for micro-targeting advertisements to individual Facebook users.  
He also claims that he did not break Facebook's terms of service, as "for you to break a policy, <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-facebook-privacy-cambridge-analytica/researcher-in-facebook-scandal-says-my-work-was-no-good-for-targeted-advertising-idUKKBN1HV13S">it has to exist</a>," and maintains that he is still operating under a non-disclosure agreement with the social network.  
In a <em>New York Times</em> interview last month, Kogan dismissed Facebook vice-president Paul Grewal's description of his data collection as a "<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/17/us/politics/cambridge-analytica-trump-campaign.html?mtrref=www.newyorker.com&amp;amp;gwh=2D3BEE97887D84EDB8F8E7F054945DD1&amp;amp;gwt=pay">scam and a fraud</a>," as "crisis PR."  
"It's convenient for them to <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-privacy-cambridge-analytica/researcher-in-facebook-scandal-says-my-work-was-no-good-for-targeted-advertising-idUSKBN1HV17M">point the finger,</a>" he said.  
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According to <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/17/politics/more-than-87m-facebook-users-data-compromised-by-cambridge-analytica/64201/">Brittany Kaiser, </a>a former employee-turned-whistleblower who testified to a UK parliamentary investigation on April 17, more than 87 million users' data has been <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/17/politics/more-than-87m-facebook-users-data-compromised-by-cambridge-analytica/64201/">compromised</a> by Cambridge Analytica. According to <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/17/politics/more-than-87m-facebook-users-data-compromised-by-cambridge-analytica/64201/">Brittany Kaiser, </a>a former employee-turned-whistleblower who testified to a UK parliamentary investigation on April 17, more than 87 million users' data has been <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/17/politics/more-than-87m-facebook-users-data-compromised-by-cambridge-analytica/64201/">compromised</a> by Cambridge Analytica.
  Since its closure, there's been speculation that Cambridge Analytica could be rebranding itself under a new name, Emerdata. <em>The New York Times </em><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/02/us/politics/cambridge-analytica-shut-down.html">reported</a> that executives at Cambridge Analytica along with the Mercer family have moved to this new firm.
  <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/03/thursday-briefing-trump-funnelled-hush-money-to-stormy-daniels">According to the <em>Guardian</em></a>, Alexander Nix is one of those listed as a director of Emerdata. Though it's not clear what the company does, it's listed under "data processing, hosting, and related activities" and shares an address in London with Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Group.
You can read <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/20/business/cambridge-university-declines-our-information-request-over-cambridge-analytica/66865/">here</a> about Cambridge University's refusal of a Freedom of Information request from <em>WikiTribune </em>regarding an external arbitration process involving Kogan. You can read <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/20/business/cambridge-university-declines-our-information-request-over-cambridge-analytica/66865/">here</a> about Cambridge University's refusal of a Freedom of Information request from <em>WikiTribune </em>regarding an external arbitration process involving Kogan.
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