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Academic behind Cambridge Analytica data leak sues Facebook for defamation

Facebook, which has since tightened its privacy protections, allowed app developers broad access to its users' data

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Matthew Rosenberg | NYT 

The academic who helped Cambridge Analytica vacuum up private information from tens of millions of Facebook profiles sued the social media giant on Friday, arguing that the company defamed him when it claimed he had lied about how the data was going to be used. Since the full scope of Cambridge Analytica’s data mining was revealed last year, Facebook has repeatedly tried to shift blame for the privacy breach onto the academic, Aleksandr Kogan. Facebook executives — including the chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg — have said Mr. Kogan told Facebook that the data was ...

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 20:41 IST