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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower calls for online regulation

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:11 AM

'Why is it we can regulate nuclear power, but we can't regulate code?' says Christopher Wylie, a former director of research at the now-defunct data consultancy

WHISTLEBLOWER. In this file photo, Cambridge Analytica former employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Cambridge Analytica and data privacy in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 16, 2018. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP


Facebook fined $644,000 in UK for handling of Cambridge Analytica scandal

Oct 25, 2018 - 5:31 PM

The watchdog announced this fine on July 10, but makes clear it was levying the maximum penalty allowed by the law at the time the the incident occurred

Facebook cuts API access for ‘hundreds of thousands’ of inactive apps

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:07 PM

These apps were not able to submit themselves to Facebook's new review process in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company says


To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:44 PM

The protection of user data now is necessary for the internet and its major services to evolve

CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY. Facebook and other social giants will need to be a whole lot more transparent about how they use people's data to rebuild trust – a necessary ingredient for the internet's future – in their platforms. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP


Following data scandal fine in UK, Facebook may face penalty in Australia

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:04 AM

In Australia, the social network may face fines of up to US $2.2 billion for the Cambridge Analytica scandal

SCANDAL FALLOUT, The fines are starting to come for Facebook in several countries. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


UK slaps Facebook with 1st fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:00 AM

While the $664,000 fine is small for a $584-billion company, ongoing probes by US bodies may lead to fines amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars

FACING FINES. The social network is facing its first fine for the Cambridge Analytica scandal that led to the grave misuse of its data. File photo by Charles Platiau/ AFP


Duterte on women, Richest senators, Trump and Cohen | Evening wRap

May 17, 2018 - 9:14 PM

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U.S. Justice Department, FBI probing Cambridge Analytica – report

May 16, 2018 - 10:32 AM

The probe appears to focus on Cambridge Analytica's finances and how it obtained and used personal data from Facebook

FACEBOOK DATA SCANDAL. A view of 597 Park Avenue, where the New York City office of Cambridge Analytica is on the 7th floor, May 2, 2018 in New York City. The data firm announced it is shutting down following disclosures about its use of Facebook data. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook suspends 200 apps over data misuse

May 14, 2018 - 9:24 PM

'We have large teams of internal and external experts working hard to investigate these apps as quickly as possible,' says an officer of Facebook

A mousepad with the Facebook logo is seen at Facebook's new headquarters, designed by Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, at Rathbone Place in central London on December 4, 2017. Social media titan Facebook opened a new office in London on December 4, 2017, that is set to be its biggest engineering hub outside America, the company has announced. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

Cybersecurity roundup: April 29 to May 5, 2018

May 05, 2018 - 1:44 PM

On this week's Cybersecurity Roundup, we've got Facebook stalkers, Cambridge Analytica news, and pacemaker security.

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May 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM

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Cambridge Analytica to close after Facebook data scandal

May 03, 2018 - 7:19 AM

'Despite Cambridge Analytica's unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully... the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company's customers and suppliers,' says the company

FACEBOOK DATA SCANDAL. A view of 597 Park Avenue, where the New York City office of Cambridge Analytica is on the 7th floor, May 2, 2018 in New York City. The data firm announced it is shutting down following disclosures about its use of Facebook data. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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May 01, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Twitter also sold data to Cambridge Analytica-linked researcher

May 01, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Twitter confirms it sold a random sample of tweets from December 2014 to April 2015 to Aleksandr Kogan's company in 2015

KOGAN. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Russian-American academic Aleksandr Kogan, as he gives evidence to Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in London on April 24, 2018. AFP photo


#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 26, 2018

Apr 26, 2018 - 11:08 AM

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THE LAST DANCE. A fire dancer performs in front of tourists on the Philippine island of Boracay on April 25, 2018, the eve of its 6-month closure. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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Apr 23, 2018 - 8:12 PM

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Professor defends role in Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Apr 23, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Aleksandr Kogan explains, 'Back then we thought it was fine... I think that core idea that we had – that everybody knows and nobody cares – was fundamentally flawed. And for that, I'm sincerely sorry'

DATA SCANDAL. The shared building which houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica are pictured in central London on March 21, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Cybersecurity roundup: April 15 to 21, 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:20 AM

This week's roundup features more Facebook data privacy news, updates on Cambridge Analytica's actions, and a mystery hacker getting unmasked.

Cambridge Analytica used other quiz apps to harvest Facebook data, says ex-employee

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:21 PM

New information coming out of a UK committee investigation suggests other quiz apps used by the research firm may have compromised far more than the 87 million Facebook users estimated

BRITTANY KAISER. Brittany Kaiser, former Director of Program Development at Cambridge Analytica at a press briefing by the "Leave.EU" campaign group in central London on November 18, 2015. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

1 in 10 Americans say they have deleted their Facebook accounts – study

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Many of the respondents are leaving the platform due to privacy concerns amid the Cambridge Analytica scandal

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Facebook beyond Zuck

Apr 16, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Even if Facebook hired millions of content moderators, they are no match to the vetting capacity and breadth of its very capable and knowledgeable users, who should now engage Facebook more aggressively and intelligently

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Why the Cambridge Analytica scandal matters to Filipinos

Apr 12, 2018 - 10:35 PM

Find out, in a nutshell, how the political consulting firm's activities impact not only global democracy but even recent elections in the Philippines

Newsbreak Chats: Top stories for March

Apr 12, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories and what it means for the public: Malacañang's ban on Rappler, the quo warranto petition to remove Sereno, and state surveillance in the Philippines

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Apr 12, 2018 - 10:05 AM

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WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Zuckerberg defends Facebook business model

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:17 AM

Mark Zuckerberg concedes regulation of social media companies – under mounting scrutiny over the misuse of user data – is 'inevitable'

ZUCKERBERG TESTIMONY. Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Facebook CEO's personal data part of Cambridge Analytica leak

Apr 11, 2018 - 11:56 PM

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo asks, 'Was your data included in the data sold to malicious third parties? Your personal data?' Mark Zuckerberg says, 'Yes.'

ZUCKERBERG TESTIFIES. Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Rappler Talk: Did Duterte's campaign team work with Cambridge Analytica?

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The Duterte presidential campaign's chief social media strategist claims the Cambridge Analytica CEO "influenced" his work

How you helped create the crisis in private data

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:19 PM

It’s worth pondering how we, the Facebook-using public, got here

THE BIG QUESTION. What role did you play? Composite of Christos Georghiou and sdecoret/Shutterstock.com, CC BY-ND

Zuckerberg says Facebook will always offer a free version

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:36 AM

Zuckerberg's wording in his response to a US senator's question regarding their business model leaves open the possibility of a paid, ad-free version

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP


Zuckerberg says Facebook in 'arms race' with Russia

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:23 AM

The Facebook CEO says that Russians exploiting their system will keep getting better, and Facebook will have to invest in getting better to keep up

BREACHED. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is not a monopoly

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:10 AM

A US senator suggests that Facebook may be a monopoly – a claim that Zuckerberg rejects

GRILLING. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify following a break during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


Zuckerberg apologizes to U.S. Congress over massive Facebook breach

Apr 11, 2018 - 4:49 AM

'If you and other social media companies do not get your act in order, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore,' US Senator Bill Nelson tells the Facebook CEO in his first-ever US Congressional appearance

TESTIMONY. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee joint hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP


LIVE: U.S. Senate panel hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on data privacy

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:12 AM

Tune in to the joint hearing on April 11, 2:15 am, Manila time

Cambridge Analytica’s parent firm claims it won 2010 election for PH president

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:34 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Butch Abad, the campaign manager of former president Benigno Aquino III, denies any involvement with Strategic Communication Laboratories and says its claims may be 'total fabrication'

Former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his former Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad. File photo from Malacañang

Malacañang on Cambridge Analytica, Sereno vs De Castro, Sandiganbayan on Napoles | Evening wRap

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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Vietnam activists accuse Facebook of censoring content

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Vietnam ranks among Facebook's top 10 users by numbers and the site is hugely popular among dissidents in the one-party state where independent media is banned and blog sites are routinely removed

UNDER FIRE. File photo taken on March 23, 2018 shows Facebook logos on a computer screen in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri /AFP

Duterte campaign team never paid for Cambridge Analytica services – Malacañang

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:01 PM

The campaign team had no need to purchase data from Cambridge Analytica because of the upswell of support for then Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, says the Palace

Trillanes eyes Senate probe into Cambridge Analytica's role in 2016 polls

Apr 10, 2018 - 2:01 PM

'Si Duterte lang naman ang nagfake news noong campaign, saka mga tao niya 'yung nalilink dito sa Cambridge Analytica na ito,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Top EU lawmaker says Zuckerberg 'must' face European Parliament

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:14 AM

'He must not underestimate the capacity of the European Parliament to do actions against Facebook and against him as CEO of Facebook,' says the head of the parliament's leading political group

EU CALL. The European parliamentary calls for Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in Europe. The CEO will be appearing before US lawmakers on April 10 and 11. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand


Cambridge Analytica's parent company claims ties with Duterte friend

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:17 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Istratehiya, a local political consultancy firm, admits talking and meeting with Strategic Communication Laboratories in the lead up to the 2016 Philippine elections, but claims no partnership was sealed

Duterte vs Sereno, La Viña on Nix, Duterte ‘loves’ Xi | Evening wRap

Apr 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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Duterte social media campaign manager: ‘Nix influenced my work’

Apr 09, 2018 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Viña, who appears in a photo with Cambridge Analytica's Alexander Nix, says he never worked with the parent company but took some lessons from the talk of Nix himself when he visited Manila in 2015

NIX WHO? Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña says he did not realize it was Alexander Nix he met in 2015.

Facebook suspends more data analytics firms amid privacy scandal

Apr 09, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Data analytic firms, CubeYou and AggregateIQ, have reportedly been suspended from the social media giant’s platform

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28, 2018 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP


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CLOSURE. Workers work on the drainage system in the business centre in Malay town on Boracay island, Aklan province on April 6, 2018, ahead of the closure order on the island. AFP Photo

Be vigilant when sharing data on social media – privacy commission

Apr 07, 2018 - 7:49 PM

'We encourage the public to exercise a new level of care about their privacy and to take part in forming the future of Facebook in the country,' says Privacy Commissioner Mon Liboro

PRIVACY. National Privacy Commission holds a press briefing on the Facebook Controversy involving Cambridge Analytica on April 6, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Up to 2.7 million Europeans affected by Facebook data scandal – EU

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Facebook confirms the number of people affected by the data scandal in the EU

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company claimed 'strong, no-nonsense' client in 2013

Apr 06, 2018 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) While the description calls to mind President Rodrigo Duterte, it could not have been him

DATA BREACH SCANDAL. In this file photo, CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

Aguirre resigns, Albayalde is new PNP Chief, Cambridge Analytica and Duterte | Evening wRap

Apr 05, 2018 - 8:55 PM

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Did Cambridge Analytica use Filipinos' Facebook data to help Duterte win?

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Facebook says data of over 1.1 million Filipinos was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook to update privacy and data policies

Apr 05, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The new policies currently being crafted focus on transparency, providing explanations on how Facebook gathers and use data, and why you see the ads that you do

FACEBOOK. This February 25, 2013 photo taken in Washington, DC, shows the splash page for the Internet social media giant Facebook. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP