The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has announced that he will be contacting the social network to find out if the data of Canadian users may have been compromised by an application created by a firm that was employed by the Donald Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election.
“Our office will be contacting Facebook to find out if the personal information of Canadians has been affected by the issues raised in these investigations [conducted by The New York Times and The Observer ]. This will help us determine the next possible steps, “said Daniel Commissioner Daniel Therrien in a statement.
Therrien also said he will offer his help in the investigation launched by the UK authorities about the use of data from more than 50 million Facebook users .
During the 2016 US presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s team hired the Cambridge Analytica data firm to build an application that was initially presented as a personality test.
In fact, this software was used to predict results and influence campaign votes by collecting user data, such as their activities and friends list without their knowledge.
Since then, Facebook has announced that it has suspended Cambridge Analytica and the affiliated SCL Group (Strategic Communication Laboratories).
The industry of the use of personal data
This case revealed by the Canadian whistleblower Christopher Wilye raises serious questions about the protection of privacy.
In an interview with ICI RDI on Monday, a former security officer at the Department of National Defense, Steve Waterhouse, denounced “a breach of ethics.”
Facebook sells our private information while this kind of company prides itself on keeping them ad vitam æternam. However, there is a market for that.
Steve Waterhouse, former security officer at the Department of National Defense
“It’s an industry of using personal information,” Waterhouse added.
However, Facebook’s vice president of global operations, Justin Osofsky, refuted the fact that there had been a breach of data protection.
“Aleksandr Kogan [the creator of the app] requested and obtained access to information from users who chose to register for his application, and everyone involved gave their consent,” Osofsky said.