Russia Gate

17th May 2017. Robert Mueller,  former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, started investigating on Russian interferences against Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. There are evidences that Russian hackered Clinton’s email and spread bad fake news about her. In particular, Mueller is investigating on the contacts between Russian and Trump’s officers. Moreover there are founded suspicions Cambridge Analytica collaborated with Russian hackers.

11th February 2017. Even the US National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, had to resign from his role because he misled the FBI and US Magistrates about the nature and the content of the communication he had with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

How did US Magistrates, FBI and European Union react?

15th May 2018. The New York Times, after two months from the launch of the scandal, revealed that Justice Department and FBI started an investigation on Cambridge Analytica data firm (failed on the 1st of  May 2018) . Also many of CA collaborators are inquired or interrogated as witnesses.

25th May 2018. European Union, to uniform regulations of each country, promulgated a law about data protection made to defend European citizens privacy: GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). A processor of personal data must clearly disclose any data collection, declare the lawful basis and purpose for data processing, and state how long data is being retained and if it is being shared with any third parties. Businesses must report any data breaches within 72 hours if they have an adverse effect on user privacy. 

Facebook. In its policy, sharing data with third parties is forbidden. The app thisisyourdigitallife collected FB account data with the consent of the users but later shared their data with Cambridge Analytica, without informing them and violating FB terms and conditions. Later, when The Guardian and the NYT published their inquiries on March 17, 2018, they caused a huge public outcry. More than $100 billion was knocked off Facebook’s share price in days and politicians in the US and UK demanded answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The question, indeed, is if Facebook has been unable to discover and to stop the leak of data or if Facebook knew everything and it didn’t do anything. 

People reactions

According to the online magazine Inside Marketing, after the breaking out of Cambridge Analytica scandal, lots of Italians weren’t aware on Facebook Terms And Conditions. They completely ignored that Facebook was used (and is used) selling their accounts data to external companies for commercial purposes. 80% of interviewed people didn’t know the fact Facebook earnings come from the sales of users interactions.

Once they became aware of the data selling, the 54% of those people said they would have not open a Facebook account if they had known it.

Outside Italy too, many people have been indignant about Facebook unability to stop the forbidden acquisition of data, so that many of them organised the #Faceblock on the 11th of April, 2018, a day to boycott every app and social connected with Facebook, to protest against Facebook involvement in Cambridge Analytica Buisness. They decided the 11th of April because it was the Zuckerberg’s audition day in front of the US Congress to answer questions about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.



The Guardian and NYT inquiries

On the 18th of March, the Observer (weekly magazine of the Guardian) and the New York Times released their inquiries. They accused Cambridge Analytica to have collected personal data without authorization and use them to influence people political opinions. Moreover they accused Facebook not to have done anything to avoid data collection. Indeed, if a business makes something against Facebook terms and conditions, Facebook delete completely their social pages. But nothing happend for more than 2 years, so the questions is: did FB know everything and didn’t do anything, or has been FB unable to discover the leak??? It’s dangerous in both cases.