Last sentence: “Ms Denham said the data had been accessed from countries including Russia.” 👀
“The ICO was astounded by the amount of personal data stored by political parties.” (They’ve been conducting forensics on hundreds of terabytes from servers seized under criminal warrant.)
Jan-Mar 2017 filed Subject Access Request with SCL (Cambridge Analytica)
July 4, 2017 filed complaint with ICO
May 5, 2018 ICO issues enforcement order to SCL (Cambridge Analytica)
June 4, 2018 SCL fails to comply
July 11, 2018 ICO issues report announcing criminal prosecution
My lawyer @RaviNa1k to @issielapowsky on the news that @ICOnews is proceeding with criminal prosecution for failing to comply with enforcement order to fully disclose my voter profile data set as required by UK law.…
Highlights of the #ICOReport are available. I’m hearing the full interim report should be available soon.…
OK folks. Here’s the complete interim #ICOReport. Let’s dig in.…
The interim #ICOReport investigation team has not yet completed the forensics to establish provenance and lineage of the data sources and models. Still fact-finding on scope and scale of ‘contamination’…
Thanks to all of you who have been following this data quest from the beginning. Your support has been essential in getting us here.
This #ICOReport is a huge wake-up call for academia worldwide. The #CambridgeAnalytica cataclysm sits at the intersections between ethics, research, and commercial politics.…
Important to note how both Facebook and AggregateIQ attempted jurisdictionally evasive maneuvers with the cop on the data crimes beat. #ICOReport #CambridgeAnalytica
Worth noting that this #ICOReport is essentially non-partisan given that a Remain campaign UK DPA violation may have been snagged in the dragnet.
OK folks now dig into the second #ICOReport released today “Democracy disrupted? Personal information and political influence”…
“We are at risk of developing a system of voter surveillance by default” #ICOReport…
Social media as a means to bypass the legacy infrastructure (and its guardrails and norms) to manage “marginal gains” — sound familiar?
The ICO asked all UK parties with seats in the House of Commons to document their data practices. Only UKIP refused and the dispute went to the tribunal where it was dismissed, its appeal decried as “inaccurate”…
Seems important. #ICOReport
tl:dr; ok here are the graphics #ICOReport
Wow. ICO basically saying once your data is attached to your voter registration then predictions are considered fair game for full disclosure. This is a big win for us.🥂
Keep hammering on Facebook Custom Audiences. It’s where the rubber hits the road. We still don’t know extent of tainted data being uploaded to Facebook Custom Audiences, as data models get forensically deconstructed.
Ah look at this. @NationBuilder is due to provide information to @ICOnews #ICOReport
Seems to me that Facebook failed to build any means to detect abuse of Custom Audiences. It’s a reckless feature and if Zuck had any integrity, he’d order a moratorium on it, for ethics review at minimum. #ICOReport
Remember that Cambridge Analytica (SCL Elections Ltd) bought data from at least Acxiom, Experian, Infogroup. So pretargeted enriched matched voter files up uploaded into Facebook for another round of data matching PII to data brokers?…
OK we’re getting to the part where Facebook gets eviscerated for its dark patterned privacy “controls” and genuine faux transparency
ICO calls for an “ethical pause” (shortly after commanding Facebook to stand-down to issue a criminal warrant to seize servers.) Will this industry respect their regulator’s urgent call for a moratorium recognizing the new threat models of digital campaigns?
So what is my initial response to #ICOReport?

ICYMI that fateful day in March 2017 when I tweeted my Cambridge Analytica data request in a consequential thread. Now it’s been officially recognized as an inadequate response. Criminal prosecution is up next.

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Oct 8, 2018
The election of 2016 was a PSYOP. No, really.
Cambridge Analytica and Psy Group had a memorandum of understanding, reported in May.…
Fact that Cruz’s Cambridge Analytica appears to have sought to team up with Psy Group, which sought to run a social media PSYOP against Cruz is…awkward.
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Oct 6, 2018
So many simultaneous Kavanaugh scandals, overloaded the system.
- sexual (how can he deny blackouts?)
- financial (how did he pay off debt?)
- hacking (how can he deny knowing about pilfered docs)
- surveillance (how can he deny his role?)
- perjury (how can he lie about it all?)
- financial scandal: the unexplained mystery of the impossible Kavanaugh family finances is nicely documented and explained here (although I do bristle at how it downplays the sexual scandal; again see above on scandal overload)…
- hacking and surveillance scandal: this piece by @nycsouthpaw is a twofor in that you get deep coverage on both the surveillance FOIA revelation and the senate hacking scandal context…
Read 4 tweets
Oct 4, 2018
Kavanaugh’s toxicity poisons an already reeling Facebook, enraging employees and flummoxing executives.
Facebook’s behavioral microtargeting political ad business unit is a moneymaker. They all shouldn’t be surprised when the chickens they hatched come home to roost.
Joel Kaplan was sitting behind Zuckerberg for his Congressional hearings. That too was a rather perjurious affair. (Zuck remains in contempt of UK parliament committee for failing to appear.)
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Oct 3, 2018
Defence entered a Not Guilty plea this morning in Westminster Magistrate Court. Trial is set for January 2019. #CambridgeAnalytica
It’s a criminal act in the UK to defy the Information Commissioner’s specific order to comply with data protection law. This order is from May 2018 and now we can confirm it will go to trial in the UK next year.…
A “defunct” company sure seems willing to spend its allegedly sparse resources going to trial against the data cops for refusing to hand over all the personal data it collected about me. What are they hiding? Will their creditors tolerate this?
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Oct 2, 2018
If you’re up for SCOTUS then yeah all your shit is gonna get dredged up. Welcome to the future.
Kavanaugh stands to be the most anti-privacy justice on the bench. His view of the 4th is as warped as his view of the 1st. He’s most likely to rule in favor of a Citizens United-type decision for Silicon Valley, ruling that business surveillance is protected commercial speech.
It’s hard to imagine a future where Kavanaugh is confirmed and we don’t find ourselves, a decade later, in some fucked up dystopia.
Read 6 tweets
Oct 1, 2018
I suspect one reason this mega-breach isn’t causing a bigger reaction is that it has no name. Usually hacks and breaches are quickly dubbed something catchy which catapults them thru the coverage and watercooler debates.
Cleverest I can come up is #ChuckE in reference to Chuck E Cheese’s where you get tokens for your birthday parties, in reference to how access tokens were hacked thru exploits in birthday video upload tool. But that’s quite a US-centric reference.
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