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The Impromptu: Cambridge Analytica: So What Now? →

Podcast: What are your limits with what you’re willing to tolerate as far as data collection on your life is concerned? Do you realize that your political views can be influenced on social media platforms like Facebook? No? Well, you’d be wrong, because it is. This week on the podcast, we dive into the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook privacy breach, affecting millions of Facebook users. Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm which combines data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis with strategic communication for the electoral process, has been outed as using millions of American’s data to skew their political views during the 2016 Federal election.

So where was Facebook while this was happening? They were sitting idly by as companies like Cambridge Analytica abused their platform to extort your internet time to support anti-democractic behaviour. Social media and the technologies that power them are constantly evolving, but policy and law continues to fall behind, and the law makers working on creating policy don’t fully grasp how these platforms operate. How are we to move forward? Has the line finally been crossed where we’ve had enough? Are we willing to sacrifice what we get out of Facebook by deleting our accounts, or should we wait for governments to put pressure on Facebook to enact serious user data protection change?

The Impromptu