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Mark Zuckerberg Will Not Testify in UK Parliament Despite Arrest Threats

Mark Zuckerberg Will Not Testify in UK Parliament Despite Arrest Threats

The terms allow the myPersonality team to use and distribute the data "in an anonymous manner such that the information can not be traced back to the individual user". New Scientist reports that some 280 people at different technology companies were given access and, somewhere along the way, that data ended up on a website that was very insecure.

The letter also included answers to the 39 questions the committee posed in its last letter, which included inquiries about Aleksandr Kogan's non-disclosure agreement, who's leading the Cambridge Analytica investigation, the storage of non-Facebook users' data and how many websites host Facebook Like buttons and Pixels.

In 2014, Facebook revealed a policy change restricting access to client information, however, noticed that a few applications still had the information it had acquired before the modification. First, a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to this amount of Facebook data.

The people behind the data sets were David Stillwell and Michal Kosinski at the University of Cambridge's The Psychometrics Centre. From researchers at universities to people at companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo - everyone had fun with your data and all the intimate answers entered in the quiz.

Damian Collins, the chairman of parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said in a statement that Schroepfer "failed to answer many specific and detailed questions about Facebook's business practices" and the company's role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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But these 280 people or collaborators weren't alone in having access to data of almost 3 million users. A Cambridge Analytica spokesperson said the company used Twitter for political advertising but insisted that it had never "undertaken a project with GSR focusing on Twitter data and Cambridge Analytica has never received Twitter data from GSR".

Facebook has now suspended the myPersonality app (and around 200 other similar apps) in its efforts to investigate apps that may have violated its data privacy policies.

Kogan had established Global Science Research (GSR), which was granted access to Twitter data. However, this is yet another reminder that when you agree to sharing your data with one app, it is going to be mass circulated, ending up online.

Zuckerberg has testified in front of Congress about the misuse of data, and lawmakers have called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and 's India-born CEO Sundar Pichai to testify as well.

The investigation, which Archibong says is "in full swing", has covered thousands of apps so far (no word on how many apps Facebook has left to scrutinize). Another case of too little, too late...