WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate Commerce Committee panel plans to name a former Cambridge Analytica contractor on the heart of a scandal involving the usage of information from thousands and thousands of Fb customers, a committee spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.
The panel’s subcommittee on Client Safety, Product Security, Insurance coverage, and Knowledge Safety will maintain a listening to subsequent Tuesday on information privateness dangers specializing in Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy, and different Fb Inc (FB.O) companions, the committee introduced Wednesday.
The session follows hearings in April with Fb Chief Govt Mark Zuckerberg and can focus “on the gathering and use of social media information, the privateness considerations raised within the wake of the Cambridge Analytica/Fb scandal, and potential steps to guard shoppers,” the committee mentioned in a press release.
The committee will name Aleksandr Kogan, a contractor for Cambridge Analytica, to testify, the committee mentioned. A lawyer for Kogan, Jonathan S. Sack, confirmed that Kogan will seem.
Fb mentioned in April that the non-public info of as much as 87 million customers, principally in the US, might have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. The London-based consultancy’s purchasers included President Donald Trump’s 2016 election marketing campaign.
Fb says Kogan harvested the info by creating an app on the social media community that was downloaded by 270,000 individuals, offering entry not solely to their very own private information but additionally information from their associates. Fb mentioned Kogan then violated its insurance policies by passing the info to Cambridge Analytica.
Cambridge Analytica disputed Fb’s estimate of what number of customers had been affected.
Cambridge Analytica and its British mother or father, SCL Elections Ltd, mentioned in Could that they might shut down instantly and start chapter proceedings in each the UK and the US after struggling a pointy drop in enterprise. Cambridge Analytica filed for Chapter 7 chapter in New York final month.
In April, Kogan, who labored for the College of Cambridge, instructed British lawmakers that every one the info he collected had, to the very best of his data, been deleted. He mentioned he would double-check that none remained.
“This has been a really painful expertise, as a result of, after I entered into all of this, Fb was an in depth ally,” Kogan mentioned. “I used to be pondering this is able to be useful to my tutorial profession and my relationship with Fb. It has very clearly finished the exact opposite.”
Additionally set to look at subsequent week’s listening to are John Battelle, who helped discovered Wired Journal and is a board member of database advertising firm Acxiom Corp (ACXM.O), and Ashkan Soltani, who was former chief technologist for the Federal Commerce Fee through the administration of President Barack Obama.
Reporting by David Shepardson; modifying by Jonathan Oatis and Diane Craft