1. The "Unethical" Breach
British data analysis firm, Cambridge Analytica (CA) has been at the centre of controversy over the last few days, following reports from The New York Times and UK-based Observer that it breached private data of more than 50 million Facebook users. CA used the data to aid the 2016 presidential campaign of current US President Donald Trump, as well as "changing audience behaviour" in projects like Brexit and even elections in Kenya.
The revelations about the breach were brought forward by Christopher Wylie, a former employee at CA and a whistle-blower. Wylie worked alongside Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan, who developed an application called "This is Your Digital Life", which was accessed by almost 2,70,000 users and the same was used to mine the data.
CA's CEO Alexander Nix has also been suspended pending further investigation into the matter. In an exposé by Channel 4, Alexander Nix and CA's chief data officer Alex Tayler talked about how they ran the digital campaign for Donald Trump.