The office for the protection of the right to privacy under the Ministry of justice on 22 March I notified Facebook about the beginning of the administrative investigation in connection with the scandal surrounding the transfer of personal information of users of the social network Cambridge Analytica and a possible leak of personal data of the Israelites.
The press service of the Ministry of justice, reported on the investigation, recalls that, according to Israeli law, the use of users ‘ personal data or their transfer to a third party is possible only from the personal consent of the user.
«Thus, during the investigation, the Israeli Management will check whether the illegal Israeli use of personal data of users or has it violated their right to privacy,» — said the press service of the Ministry of justice.
Investigation in relation to the company Facebook started also the Federal trade Commission under the government of the United States. At the same time, British lawmakers sent a request, in accordance with which one of the founders and principal owner of Facebook, mark Zuckerberg needs to testify in the investigation of the activities of Cambridge Analytica. The corresponding letter sent to Zuckerberg by the Committee on digital technologies, culture, media and sport house of Commons.
As previously reported, the British analytical company Cambridge Analytica managed to collect the personal data of tens of millions of users of Facebook (according to The New York Times, more than 50 million) and to develop an algorithm for analysis of political preferences of voters. This allowed, in particular, to show users «the right» political advertising and influence their choices.
Publications on this issue appeared last week. A new round of scandal began after the airing of a program on British TV channel Channel 4 News devoted to the investigation of the Cambridge Analytica.
As stated in many publications, Cambridge Analytica can cooperate with the headquarters of Donald trump on the eve of elections of the President of the United States. It is assumed that this helped Trump to win. Mentioned about the possible impact on the British Brexit referendum.
The correspondent of Channel 4 News, posing as a customer from Sri Lanka, between November 2017 and January 2018 and have met several times with representatives of the Cambridge Analytica, including Executive Director of the company Alexander Nix. The conversation was filmed with a hidden camera.
The journalist has declared its readiness to conclude a commercial agreement with Cambridge Analytica to influence the outcome of elections in Sri Lanka. During the conversation with him, the Knicks talked about the readiness to collect dirt on candidates using established technology company, spread false information, discrediting political opponents, to bribe with a record of this procedure, to put it then to the Internet, and even «to send girls to the house of the candidate.»
In conversation with the «client» nix mentioned that Cambridge Analytica uses the services of former employees of the British and Israeli intelligence, said The Guardian.
In addition to Alexander nix, a correspondent for Channel 4 News met with the managing Director of world politics in Cambridge Analytica mark Tornblom and head of the information Department Alex Taylor, as well as a representative of the company Strategic Communications Laboratories, collaborated with Cambridge Analytica. During these interviews there was information that these companies to some extent «worked» in over 200 election campaigns. In particular, he named such countries as Czech Republic, India, Argentina, Nigeria and Kenya.
The Prosecutor General’s office of Massachusetts has announced the initiation of an investigation against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to determine whether there has been illegal interference in the election campaigns in the United States. The state of Connecticut also intends to investigate the activities of Cambridge Analytica.
After the airing of the Channel 4 investigation into the management of the company Cambridge Analytica confirmed that meetings of the correspondent of the TV channel with senior representatives of the company, but said that their words were misinterpreted. According to Cambridge Analytica, the company seeks to avoid unethical and illegal actions, and the «client» said about the possibility of bribes and to send prostitutes «joke», checking his reaction to such proposals. In the company categorically deny that, in the interests of the client can be sent false information.
However, Alexander nix has already declared readiness to resign as Director of the Cambridge Analytica, if it will help to restore the reputation of the company.
March 21, after several days of silence, founder and CEO of Facebook mark Zuckerberg commented in his blog a scandal around the leak of data of millions of users. He said that the company has already taken steps to protect users ‘ data and shut down the vulnerability, which took advantage of Cambridge Analytica.
Amid the scandal, the company’s shares continue to drop Facebook.
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