Cambridge Analytica 'strongly denies' mishandling Facebook users' information

Cambridge Analytica 'strongly denies' mishandling Facebook users' information
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Cambridge Analytica, the data firm used by the Trump campaign, pushed back Monday against reports that it obtained the private information of millions of Facebook users without their permission and failed to destroy it.

The company said in a statement it “strongly denies” reports that it used data harvested from 50 million Facebook profiles for the Trump campaign, and said it deleted all the Facebook data it had accumulated. 

“This Facebook data was not used by Cambridge Analytica as part of the services it provided to the Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE presidential campaign; personality targeted advertising was not carried out for this client either. The company has made this clear since 2016,” Cambridge Analytica said.

Facebook suspended the firm from its platform on Friday, saying it did not fully delete data given to it by Aleksandr Kogan, a University of Cambridge professor.

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Kogan reportedly obtained the information from an app he created, which used a Facebook login.

The New York Times reported that 30 million of the profiles provided by Kogan contained enough information for the firm to create psychographic profiles.

Cambridge's use of the data and Facebook's role have drawn the attention of federal lawmakers. Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharGrassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices Identity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination CNN analyst Phil Mudd: Barr will ‘crush’ Trump administration MORE (D-Minn.), John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenCongress should elevate those trapped in the gap – support ELEVATE Act IRS shutdown plan fails to quell worries IRS waiving penalty for some in first filing season under Trump's tax law MORE (D-Ore.) have all called on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other technology CEOs to provide Congress with information following the data issue.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDebate builds over making Mueller report public Media reliability questioned over report Trump directed lies to Congress Giuliani defends Trump going after Cohen's father-in-law MORE (D-Calif.) has also invited Christopher Wylie, a self-proclaimed whistleblower on the data firm, to testify before the House Intelligence Committee.