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.
By Kim Smouter
Seasons greetings came early for European data protection wonks
For those of us working to champion the industry in front of regulators and consumer advocates, Christmas came a little early and our Secret Santa was undoubtedly the European Union. After four long and tiring years of negotiations, the European institutions announced on the 15th December 2015 that they had reached a political agreement on the shape and the content of the future data protection framework.