Carole Cadwalladr takes us behind the scenes of the Cambridge Analytica investigation

How millions of Facebook users’ personal data were used to influence the US election and Brexit.

Carole Cadwalladr takes us behind the scenes of Cambridge Analytica

Carole Cadwalladr is a fantastic journalist.

If you’re not familiar with her name then you will definitely be aware of the massive story she broke earlier this year which revealed how Cambridge Analytica harvested the profiles of 50 million Facebook users and targeted them in an attempt to get them to vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 US Presidential election.

Facebook threatened to sue Cadwalladr’s newspaper to prevent them from printing the allegations, and then later admitted that as many as 87 million people have had their details improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.

The social network’s image has been seriously tarnished, and it has engaged in an expensive media campaign to reassure users that it takes security and privacy seriously, and apologise for past mistakes.

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Facebook hasn’t, however, to the best of my knowledge apologised to The Guardian for threatening to take legal action. Which makes you wonder whether it really is as sorry for what happened as it now likes to suggest.

And the story doesn’t end there, as Cadwalladr continues to investigate Cambridge Analytica, associated firms, and indeed the possibility that there was similarly shady manipulation taking place in an attempt to influence the UK Brexit referendum.

Much of the British media doesn’t seem to be keen to explore the possible Cambridge Analytica/Brexit link, which is a shame.

Fortunately, Sweden isn’t so shy. Sweden’s public-service broadcaster invited Cadwalladr to discuss what happened behind-the-scenes of the Cambridge Analytica investigation, and it makes for a fascinating listen.

Interview with Carole Cadwalladr about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal on Swedish radio.

Last week, Carole Cadwalladr won The Orwell Prize for Journalism for her work investigating the impact of big data on the EU Referendum at the US Presidential election.

We need more investigative journalists like Carole Cadwalladr.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

3 comments on “Carole Cadwalladr takes us behind the scenes of the Cambridge Analytica investigation”

  1. Marcus Lasance

    Thanks for posting this audio file link!

  2. Panama Vet

    You're right. The Republicans should have done what the Democrats did. Hire a company to make up a story about President Trump during the campaign. Sprinkle it on the internet. Present it to a FISA Court judge to obtain a wiretap by misrepresenting the source of the data. Repeat the lie every 90 days to keep spying on a presidential campaign.

    Can anyone explain why Canada has imposed a tariff over 100% for years on American dairy products? Don't they care about American dairy farmers too?

    Full employment sure feels good. The Congressional Budget Office reports the President Trump tax cut is already paid for via economic growth. It worked with Presidents Kennedy and Reagan.also.

    Did Cambridge Analytica lie to a judge to obtain their data via wiretap from Facebook or was it just a casual business transaction? Perhaps Carole could report on the misuse of the FISA court.

    Imagine the accolades for promoting Justice.

  3. Bart

    Hear, hear!
    I am just so tired of hearing about disgustingly crooked Cambridge Analytica and not a peep about what facebook gave to the Democrat party for the 2012 election. And, how it was bragged about by them and how wonderfully smart they (the democrats) were for compiling massive information on everyone! Picking one side of a political argument is simply not reporting, it's propaganda!

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