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Professor Who Sold Facebook Data To Cambridge Analytica 'Sincerely Sorry'

Professor Who Sold Facebook Data To Cambridge Analytica 'Sincerely Sorry'Aleksandr Kogan, the University of Cambridge psychology professor who



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Missouri governor charged with felony computer data tampering

Missouri governor charged with felony computer data tamperingMissouri Governor Eric Greitens, already facing an invasion-of-privacy trial next month in connection with an extramarital affair, was charged separately on Friday with felony computer tampering tied to his political fund-raising. The new case was brought by the same St. Louis prosecutor two days before the statute of limitations deadline for the charge, which stems from Greitens’ alleged theft of a donor list from the military veterans charity he created and ran for several years. Greitens, a Republican under mounting pressure from Missouri politicians of both parties to resign since the sex scandal broke earlier this year, called the latest case part of a “smear” campaign orchestrated by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat.



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Philippines says wants to probe Facebook over data breach

Philippines says wants to probe Facebook over data breachThe Philippine government said Friday it was investigating the breach of data of its citizens who use Facebook, after a massive leak of user information to British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Manila’s National Privacy Commission has written to Mark Zuckerberg requiring the Facebook chief to submit to the government body documents that would shed light on the scope and impact of the leak on Filipino users. “We are launching an investigation into Facebook to determine whether there is unauthorised processing of personal data of Filipinos,” said a copy of the letter, released to the press Friday.



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Mark Zuckerberg Says EU Users Have 'Different Sensibilities' On Data Protection

Mark Zuckerberg Says EU Users Have 'Different Sensibilities' On Data ProtectionNext month, the European Union will enact strict new data protection laws



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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Ditches Facebook After Data Scandal

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Ditches Facebook After Data ScandalApple cofounder Steve Wozniak is ditching Facebook.



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Full Wylie Interview: 'Very difficult to verify' whether Facebook data has been purged

Full Wylie Interview: 'Very difficult to verify' whether Facebook data has been purgedIn an interview with Meet the Press, Christopher Wylie, the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica, says that the amount of Facebook data his former firm used could "absolutely" be higher than previously announced.



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Misused data from Facebook users could ‘absolutely’ be higher than 87 million, Cambridge Analytica co-founder says

Misused data from Facebook users could ‘absolutely’ be higher than 87 million, Cambridge Analytica co-founder saysChristopher Wylie says in an interview with Meet the Press, it’s “very difficult to verify” how many people had access to data of Facebook users, but that it “could be higher” than 87 million, the number Facebook provided this week.



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Sheryl Sandberg speaks out on Facebook data breach scandal

Sheryl Sandberg speaks out on Facebook data breach scandalAfter the company disclosed that as many as 87 million people could have been impacted, COO Sheryl Sandberg defended the company and echoed CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said a fix would take at least three years.



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Gay dating app Grindr scorched for handling of HIV data

Gay dating app Grindr scorched for handling of HIV dataGay dating app Grindr was under fire on Monday for sharing information about users’ HIV status or locations with two companies enlisted to optimize its software. Grindr chief technology officer Scott Chen said in a Tumblr post that sharing data with partners such as Apptimize and Localytics was “industry practice” and that steps were taken to protect people’s privacy. “As a company that serves the LGBTQ community, we understand the sensitivities around HIV status disclosure,” Chen said.



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Leaked EPA email tells staff to play up climate denial, ignore actual data

Leaked EPA email tells staff to play up climate denial, ignore actual dataIt's no secret that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt disagrees with the overwhelming evidence tying human emissions of greenhouse gases to increasing global average temperatures, sea level rise, and a host of other problems for humanity.  He has, after all, moved to scuttle the Obama administration's regulations that would limit such emissions from power plants, ordered the EPA's climate change websites to go dark, and advocated for a televised debate on climate science, among other actions.  Now comes word that on Tuesday, EPA officials distributed talking points about climate science to its top public affairs staff throughout the country, providing eight talking points about the agency's work on helping America adapt to a warming planet.  SEE ALSO: In court, oil company admits reality of human-caused global warming, denies guilt The talking points, first reported by the HuffPost, are contradicted by both the agency's previous climate science website as well as a federal climate report that EPA scientists contributed to.  The email including the new talking points was sent on behalf of Joel D. Scheraga, the agency's senior advisor for climate adaptation — a program that, ironically, Pruitt has sought to eliminate.  I think it’s only fair that if climate scientists have to explain AGAIN why we’re warming the planet, physicists should have to explain how come stuff falls down t.co/CNxwYz60gb — Kate Marvel (@DrKateMarvel) March 28, 2018 According to the email in the HuffPost report, which the EPA confirmed to them as authentic, two of the bullet points outright contradict and distort the findings of mainstream climate scientists, saying: 
"Human activity impacts our changing climate in some manner. The ability to measure with precision the degree and extent of that impact, and what to do about it, are subject to continuing debate and dialogue."
"While there has been extensive research and a host of published reports on climate change, clear gaps remain including our understanding of the role of human activity and what we can do about it." A federal report published in November, known as the Climate Change Special Report, states clearly and unequivocally that the burning of fossil fuels for energy and other human activities cause global warming.   The report — which is the most which is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to climate science findings — states (original emphasis included): (In the language of the report, "extremely likely" means a greater than 95 percent chance.) Global annual average radiative forcing change from 1750 to 2011 due to human activities.Image: NCA 4, CSSR. Presumably, these inaccurate EPA talking points will now be parroted by EPA public affairs officials when they deal with the media and the public, since the email was sent to communications directors and regional public affairs chiefs. That could, in effect, spread Pruitt's climate denial around the country under the guise  of a respected government agency. Pruitt has often said it's uncertain how much global warming is natural versus human-caused, a point included in the email that was leaked to the Huffington Post.  However, the November 2017 federal report specified the exact range of what the human contribution is, something that previous climate studies had not done.  It found that human activities have likely contributed between 92 percent and 123 percent of the observed temperature change from 1951 to 2010. (The contribution may be above 100 percent because, absent human activities, it's likely the climate would be cooling over time.) Earth’s average global temperature from 2013 to 2017, as compared to a baseline average from 1951 to 1980.Image: NASA/GSFC/Scientific Visualization Studio."The
likely contributions of natural forcing and internal variability to global temperature change over that period are minor," the dozens of scientists who wrote that report concluded.  "This period is now the warmest in the history of modern civilization," the report found. The EPA's now archived climate change website was also unambiguous about what is causing global warming, stating that "humans are largely responsible for recent climate change." It also explains that global warming "… is caused mostly by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere." For Pruitt, conceding the reality of human-caused global warming would necessitate pursuing a radically different policy agenda at the EPA. To date, Pruitt's approach has been to try to dismantle the EPA, particularly its work on climate change but also in other areas — the science be damned.  These bullet points mark the spread of his climate science denial beyond EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., to the agency's offices around the country.  WATCH: 'Supercolony' of 1.5m penguins discovered in Antarctica  



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