Facebook to United Kingdom parliament: no Zuckerberg for you

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"We suspended the myPersonality app nearly a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook's policies", said Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of Product Partnerships. The data was only supposed to be accessible through an approved research platform, but has since been discovered on a website with little to no protection.

The question over how many clicks or swipes it takes for users to change their privacy settings was also dodged. The University of Cambridge has responded saying that myPersonality was started before the person who created it was even at the university, so it wasn't ever flagged for an ethics review. "It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 - just as we did for Cambridge Analytica".

However, a publicly available username and password could be easily found on GitHub for four years.

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Select committees rarely formally summon witnesses to appear, but did formally summon Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix after he refused to appear before the DCMS committee to clarify previous testimony.

After receiving the letter, the Committee insisted that Facebook's answers did not fully answer the questions with sufficient detail or data evidence, and that it would be writing to the company again to address these significant gaps.

FACEBOOK HAS SAID NO to sending boss man Mark Zuckerberg over the Atlantic to answer questions and concerns over the social network's part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Cambridge Analytica said earlier this month it was shutting down after losing clients and facing mounting legal fees resulting from reports the company harvested personal data about millions of Facebook users beginning in 2014. Facebook says it has suspended approximately 200 other apps for using "large amounts" of profile information, pending investigations.

"Cambridge Analytica had approached the myPersonality app team in 2013 to get access to the data, but was turned down because of its political ambitions", the report said.

A US official also told the newspaper that investigators were also questioning Facebook in the probe.

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