FTC Slaps Cambridge Analytica With An Order Barring The Already Defunct Company From Illegally Collecting Data Ever Again

from the it's-all-for-show dept

There still remains little to no evidence that the silly games played by Cambridge Analytica actually did anything at all to influence voting practices in the US. However, Facebook allowing the company to get a bunch of data was a big part of the basis for hitting the company with a $5 billion fine earlier this year. The FTC also went after Cambridge Analytica, targeting the company, its CEO Alexander Nix, and the academic/app developer Aleksandr Kagan, whose app was used to grab all that Facebook data.

Of course, Nix and Kagan settled with the FTC a while back and Cambridge Analytica shut down in 2018. The company — whatever is left of it — completely ignored the FTC, and thus the FTC has now issued a mostly meaningless opinion, saying that the company violated the already problematic EU-US Privacy Shield agreement around transferring data across the Atlantic, and because of that Cambridge Analytica (which, I should remind you, is no longer around) is now barred from doing this again.

In its Opinion, the Commission found that Cambridge Analytica violated the FTC Act through the deceptive conduct alleged in the complaint. The Final Order prohibits Cambridge Analytica from making misrepresentations about the extent to which it protects the privacy and confidentiality of personal information, as well as its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework and other similar regulatory or standard-setting organizations. In addition, the company is required to continue to apply Privacy Shield protections to personal information it collected while participating in the program (or to provide other protections authorized by law), or return or delete the information. It also must delete the personal information that it collected through the GSRApp.

That’ll show ’em.

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Anonymous Coward says:

The company is gone and all its assets, including data, have been transferred to Harvard Vomitoria, Inc., which is not served by this notice, and therefore doesn’t have to delete anything. Of course, if that company independently violates the FTC and/or Privacy Shield, it runs the very real risk of its founder’s deceased great-grandchildren being served with their ancestor’s very own "BEHAVE! or we’ll tell you to behave, again!" notice.

ECA (profile) says:

There are so many tricks..

So many lies and strangeness.
How about Where in hell the data went.. or Is..
HOw many companies can we say are 110% on the up and up with all our Info and data, or anything related to Customers..
How about the concept of restricting Hardware from certain area’s, and a Sub company or 3rd party Buys tons and sells there are a MODEST(LOL) profit.
How much data can be lost?

Iv suggested to many that even in the past, the data sheets are HUGE, and iif you get more and more, and Connect a few dots to Add to the data files.. You are as bad as most USA corps, including PCH… If you could get the money from sharing your content and data…there is a very good chance you would be rich.

p0g0 says:

Demographics and gerrymandering

I’ll dispute that there is no impact from providing demographic and location data to the unscrupulous elected- I base that disputation on witnessing my state’s (Kentucky) descent into political polarity. After the 1990 census, I was lobbying for a state bill on medical waste incinerator permitting. I am in IT professional, and knew many of my state employed peers as I encountered them in the halls of the capitol- they were tweaking the GIS/demographic data they had to construct new districts. Because of that redistricting, Kentucky Democrats have lost most elections where prior we had a plurality of both parties. That influence was compounded in the next two census/redistricting cycles. So, if you want to argue that Mitch McConnell, very unpopular in his own state, would still be in office without that demographic and GIS work, I’d argue that you are wrong. Feel free to argue that America would be in worse shape without McConnell, I’ll dispute that too. The principle holds at all scales, Cambridge Analytica helped to disenfranchise voters.

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Demographics and gerrymandering

So, if you want to argue that Mitch McConnell, very unpopular in his own state, would still be in office without that demographic and GIS work, I’d argue that you are wrong.

Did Kentucky rely on Cambridge Analytica for that data to do the redistricting? If it had not been for them, would they have been able to get the data from someone else?

Anonymous Coward says:

Typical of USA actions towards companies! Wait until the ‘punishment’ will have absolutely no effect, then issue it! What the hell is the point? It’s like chastising Verizon for doing nothing promised as faf as rnabling faster broadband, using public money, then, ehen it fails using ehstevrr excuses it can dream up, give it more public money to do more nothing with! Ridiculous!

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