British prime minister very concerned by Facebook data abuse reports

The New York Times and The Observer of London have reported U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign hired a data-analytics company that harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users. And a Canadian is at

The New York Times and The Observer of London have reported U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign hired a data-analytics company that harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users. And a Canadian is at

Facebook Inc's shares fell more than 4 percent in premarket trading after media reports that a political consultancy that worked on President Donald Trump's campaign gained inappropriate access to data on 50 million Facebook users.

The social media giant's shares were down 5.36 per cent at $175.17 at the time of writing, slashing almost $4bn (£2.8bn) off of founder Mark Zuckerberg's fortune.

The company said a researcher built an app that provided a personality quiz to Facebook users, but the social media giant claims the researcher then "lied to us" and passed the content onto Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook suspended SCL and Cambridge Analytica, as well as Kogan and Wylie.

"The allegations are clearly very concerning", May's spokesman told reporters on Monday.

During her almost four years as commissioner, Jourova has held frequent talks with Facebook and other United States tech giants in a bid to bolster Europeans personal data protections and rid the internet of hate speech. "It's time for Mark Zuckerberg to stop hiding behind his Facebook page", Collins said in a statement.

CA was suspended from Facebook last week after it emerged that data on millions of users had not been destroyed as agreed.

He also said he would be contacting Nix to answer further questions raised by the media reports.


"Within the United States alone, we have played a pivotal role in winning presidential races as well as congressional and state elections", with data on more than 230 million American voters, Cambridge Analytica claims on its website.

Cambridge Analytica and its CEO were not immediately available to comment.

"We do not work with Facebook data, and we do not have Facebook data". The social network said it had removed the app in 2015 when it learned about the violation of its policies.

Ten months ago, the ICO, Britain's data protection watchdog, launched a probe into the use of personal data in British political campaigns.

Facebook said on March 18 it was conducting a "comprehensive internal and external review" to determine whether personal data from 50 million user profiles allegedly misused by a political consultant still existed.

"Any criminal and civil enforcement actions arising from the investigation will be pursued vigorously", said Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

British press have credited Cambridge Analytica with providing services to pro-Brexit campaign Leave.EU, but Nix has denied working for the group.

Facebook's highest ranking executive in Europe, Vice President Nicola Mendelsohn, appeared on stage at the Advertising Week Europe conference in London to interview pop star Nicole Scherzinger, but declined to take questions from reporters.

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