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Facebook tweaks privacy settings after Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook tweaks privacy settings after Cambridge Analytica scandal Facebook tweaks privacy settings after Cambridge Analytica scandal
Conrad Doyle | 29 March, 2018, 15:43

"I've been getting a lot of requests from Indian journalists".

In 2011, SCL India undertook a statewide research campaign to identify voter caste by household.

Discussing Cambridge Analytica, Wylie said that he doesn't exactly know what projects the firm took up in India, but it was mostly regional work. "This is what modern colonialism looks like". In 2007 it worked in Uttar Pradesh elections and in the same year, it did a research communication campaign to support a trans-national programme in Kerala, Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and UP simultaneously. However, it didn't say for whom the project was conducted.

In their letter, which was addressed to Cambridge Analytica's acting CEO, the congressmen cited a Sunday Washington Post report that claimed the company "assigned dozens of non-U.S. citizens to provide campaign strategy and messaging advice to Republican candidates in 2014".

It said the company has a database of over 600 districts and seven lakh villages.

In March 2018, reports emerged in a number of influential media outlets of a major data breach on the popular social media site Facebook.

"Our micro-level information includes household-level demographics, specifically focusing on caste data".

It explained that SCL provided its clients the research to develop and "disseminate the right messages from the right sources using the right communication channels".

"India is so big that one state can be the size of Britain". This booth level pooling data formed the basis of further research into swing voter motivation and supporter mobilisation strategies, which were presented to individual candidates and tailored to their constituencies.

The Denver Post reported last week that two political nonprofits that don't disclose their donors paid $460,500 to Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections for their work to help elect a Republican state Senate majority - the first in a decade. SCL India worked for Janata Dal (united) for the 2010 Bihar elections. Among the list of projects was also a "full" political survey in 2007 on behalf of a major party, which involved a party audit, and a state-wide census of politically-involved voters.

SCL India carried out a psephological study and opinion polling for a national party to identify swing voters. It added "Chris Wylie was a part-time contractor who left Cambridge Analytica in July 2014 and has no direct knowledge of the company's work or practices since that date".

Bartlett's questions for Nix focus on Cambridge Analytica's role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the two do not discuss the firm's activities in India.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, Al-Rawi said the allegations raised against the United National Congress (UNC) by whistleblower and former CA research director Christopher Wylie, as well as numerous global news agencies, can not be ignored.

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