Privacy watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia are mixing existent investigations into Facebook and AggregateIQ. The latter being a Victoria-based ad targeting tech association that has been related to Cambridge Analytica, a domestic consultancy during a core of a Facebook information injustice storm.
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CA whistleblower Chris Wylie — who final month gave open testimony revealing how millions of Facebook users’ information was upheld to his former employer for domestic ad targeting — has described AggregateIQ as a Canadian arm of CA’s primogenitor entity, SCL. (Although AggregateIQ has denied any connection with CA or SCL, claiming on a website “it is and has always been 100% Canadian owned and operated”.)
“The investigations will inspect either a organizations [Aggregate IQ and Facebook] are in correspondence with Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act(PIPEDA) and BC’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA),” pronounced Canada’s watchdog in a statement about a now corner investigation.
“The Office of a Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC non-stop a review into AggregateIQ late final year. Last month, a Office of a Privacy Commissioner of Canada launched an investigation into allegations about unapproved entrance and use of Facebook user profiles.
“The dual offices motionless to jointly examine these matters as Facebook and AggregateIQ are theme to both PIPEDA and PIPA.”
The matter does not go into any new fact about a investigations as it records they are ongoing.
The OPCC’s Facebook investigation, that was launched on Mar 20, followed a censure opposite a company. Facebook has since confirmed that some-more than 620k Canadian users had their information scraped and upheld to CA — a infancy of whom would not have consented or even famous their information was being common in this way.
Meanwhile AggregateIQ’s purpose in a UK’s 2016 Brexit referendum opinion has been a theme of augmenting inspection in a country, following a extensive review by a Observer of London looking during links between a several entities concerned and how income was spent by opposite groups campaigning for a UK to leave a European Union.
The association perceived £3.5M from leave debate groups in a run adult to a 2016 referendum, and has been described by leave campaigners as instrumental in securing their win.
AggregateIQ is now among 30 companies being investigated by a UK’s information watchdog, a ICO, as partial of an ongoing (and now roughly year-long) review into a use of information analytics for domestic purposes. Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are also partial of that probe.
Giving an update on a review yesterday, a ICO pronounced it looking during “how information was collected from a third celebration app on Facebook and common with Cambridge Analytica”.
The watchdog cumulative a aver to enter and hunt a London offices of CA final month.
The UK’s Electoral Commission is also review Brexit debate spending — and has formerly asked Facebook, Twitter and Google to yield information about ad spending related to Russia.
Earlier this month Facebook suggested it had private 70 Facebook accounts, 138 Facebook Pages, and 65 Instagram accounts run by a Russian government-connected goblin plantation a Internet Research Agency.
The association did not immediately respond to a ask for criticism on a now corner Canadian and British Columbian information probe.
Facebook is also confronting shareholder lawsuits and a examine by a FTC into a information injustice scandal, among others.