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Privacy  watchdogs in Canada and British Columbia are combining existing investigations into Facebook  and AggregateIQ. The latter being a Victoria-based ad targeting tech company that has been linked to Cambridge Analytica,  the political consultancy at the center of the Facebook data misuse storm.

Source: Tech Crunch

Date: April 6th, 2018

Link: https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/06/facebook-aggregateiq-now-being-jointly-probed-by-canada-b-c-data-watchdogs/

Discussion

1) Much of the media attention in this issue is about how Facebook has been sharing users data.  However, the facts of the situation are that a Cambridge University professor developed an app that he put on Facebook that users on Facebook used and during that use they agreed to share their own information and the information of their contacts.  Does Facebook have a responsibility to monitor the collection of data by everyone and anyone who puts something up on Facebook?

2) Why does the media struggle to accurately report the facts of situations like this?

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