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Justice Dept, FBI launch probe into Cambridge Analytica

16 May 2018

News of the investigation comes roughly two months after the company was accused of secretly harvesting the personal data of at least 87 million Facebook users to better identify individuals that could be targeted and influenced by specific marketing material.

The FBI and the Department of Justice are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct data firm involved in a massive data breach in March, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The MPs plan to write to Facebook again to address gaps in its answers about how United Kingdom citizens may have been affected.

"While Mr. Zuckerberg has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the United Kingdom at the present time, we continue to fully recognize the seriousness of these issues and remain committed to working with you to provide any additional relevant information you require for your inquiry into fake news", wrote Stimson. It added that it had taken action against 370,000 apps in 2017.

A USA official also told the newspaper that investigators were also questioning Facebook in the probe.

Reports further claim that third-party apps can easily view app scores of 3.1 million people used this app and their personal details are now within an open-door reach.

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This illustration picture taken on April 19, 2018 in Paris shows the tablet and smartphone app for Facebook. While this is yet another problem for Facebook that is already trying to deal with an eerily similar Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal, no one over at Facebook HQ is going to lose their sleep since they are making more money than ever.

During his evidence session, Schroepfer said this was at the request of "people" in these countries, who wanted to work with a local regulator rather than Facebook Ireland.

Responding to Mr Collins's comments, a Facebook spokesman said: "We have provided comprehensive responses to the 39 points that the committee raised following Mike Schroepfer's testimony".

"We've received strong feedback from regulators and judicial systems outside of Europe that they want us to be directly responsive to them and not be required to go through Europe on data protection matters", Facebook said.

MPs have again criticised Facebook for submitting "insufficient" evidence to a parliamentary inquiry about how it handles data.

Justice Dept, FBI launch probe into Cambridge Analytica