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Sun Oct 1, 2017, 04:29 AM

British courts may unlock secrets of how Trump campaign profiled US voters

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'Legal mechanism may help academic expose how Big Data firms like Cambridge Analytica and Facebook get their information'

A US professor is trying to reclaim his personal data from the controversial analytics firm that helped Donald Trump to power. In what legal experts say may be a “watershed” case, a US citizen is using British laws to try to discover how he was profiled and potentially targeted by the Trump campaign.

David Carroll, an associate professor at Parsons School of Design in New York, has discovered a transatlantic legal mechanism that he hopes will give him access to information being sought by both the FBI and the Senate intelligence committee. In recent weeks, investigators looking at how people acting on behalf of Russia targeted American voters have focused on Trump’s data operation. But although the FBI obtained a court order against Facebook to make it disclose evidence, the exact way in which US citizens were profiled and targeted remains largely unknown.


“In the US election, the FBI has been trying to get information from the top down but this doesn’t help with regard to the French election or Brexit,” Dehaye said. “And we know we just cannot trust Facebook, even with good intent, to run our elections fairly. There are a few huge companies amassing vast amounts of data on vast amounts of people and there’s no democratic oversight.”

Pasquale said news that Facebook information had been used by Russian agents to target US citizens may prove to be a tipping point. “It shows this information has now been weaponised by a state actor. What we’re seeing is really a failure of the first order. Mark Zuckerberg wrote this 6,000-word letter about creating a global political community and yet we now know that Facebook was a platform for a devastating attack on the most robust democracy in the world.”


https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/01/cambridge-analytica-big-data-facebook-trump-voters

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Response to jxla (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 1, 2017, 05:47 AM

2. Thanks :) n/t

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Response to TubbersUK (Original post)

Sun Oct 1, 2017, 05:58 AM

3. K&R

Well worth reading.

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Sun Oct 1, 2017, 06:57 AM

4. Godspeed, Professor Carroll!

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Sun Oct 1, 2017, 07:27 AM

5. I'm gonna bet money Robert Mercer and Cambridge Analytica were involved...

...I think they supplied the raw electoral data to the Russian "bears."

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Sun Oct 1, 2017, 09:54 AM

6. American using d British court system 2 discover how he was profiled and targeted by Trump Campaign

 


A U.S. citizen is using the British court system to discover how he was profiled and targeted by the Trump campaign.


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