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20 Mar 2018

50 million Facebook profiles of US voters harvested by data firm to aid Trump presidential campaign

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Facebook is facing scrutiny following allegations that 50 million Facebook profiles were harvested without explicit consent and used by data company Cambridge Analytica to help the Trump presidential campaign. 

Facebook is accused of failing to alert users and taking only limited steps to recover and secure the private information.  Facebook denies that the transfer of data was a breach and says "Protecting people’s information is at the heart of everything we do..."

Cambridge Analytica denies knowing the data was obtained improperly.

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