The collection of personal data by Cambridge Analytica was first reported in December 2015 by Harry Davies, a journalist for The Guardian. He reported that Cambridge Analytica was working for United States Senator Ted Cruz using data harvested from millions of people's Facebook accounts without their consent.Why did Ted Cruz hire Cambridge Analytica in 2016?
In 2016, American senator Ted Cruz hired Cambridge Analytica to aid his presidential campaign. The Federal Election Commission reported that Cruz paid the company $5.8 million in services. Although Cambridge Analytica was not well known at the time, this is when it started to create individual psychographic profiles.How many Australians have had their data harvested for Cambridge Analytica?
^ a b c d Graham-Harrison, Emma; Cadwalladr, Carole (March 17, 2018). "Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach". The Guardian. Archived from the original on March 18, 2018. ^ "Facebook says 300,000 Australians may have had their data 'improperly shared ' ". ABC News. April 5, 2018.Did Facebook know about Cambridge Analytica's data-gathering practices in 2015?
In March 2019, a court filing by the U.S. Attorney General for the District of Columbia alleged that Facebook knew of Cambridge Analytica's "improper data-gathering practices" months before they were first publicly reported in December 2015.