By Kim Smouter-Umans
In a lot of countries, the months of July and August are synonymous with so-called Government recesses. Similar to schools, Governments go on a break and the task of legislation is put on pause as legislators run to find the nearest beaches for some rest and relaxation.
By Kathy Frankovic
ESOMAR and WAPOR (the World Association for Public Opinion Research) launched the sixth study last year to examine the limitations on the publications of election polls near election day. The first study was in 1984. Which countries set limits on the public’s right to know, and which do not?
By Finn Raben
Over the weekend the New York Times and Observer newspapers reported that data mining and analysis company Cambridge Analytica, a company that had been employed with considerable success by Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential campaign, had illegally harvested 50 million Facebook profiles in order to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box. The Observer reports that data was collected via a digital app on the Facebook platform where hundreds of thousands of users were paid to take a personality test and agreed to have their data collected for academic use. However, the app also collected the information of the test-takers’ Facebook friends.