Cambridge Analytica’s US campaign data, which was harvested from Facebook, is still circulating – despite assurances it has been deleted.
Channel 4 News has seen part of the information extrapolated from 50 million people’s Facebook profiles and activity.
The data, which dates from 2014, was used by Cambridge Analytica to target specific messages at residents who would be most susceptible to them.
Facebook also said it took steps to ensure all information related to harvested profiles was “destroyed”. But a Colorado data set, which includes information on about 136,000 Coloradans, suggests copies of the Facebook-derived data still exists, and raises questions about who still has them.
The data contains personality profiles for individuals that include everything from political views to whether a person is introverted or extroverted, as well as professions.
Residents in the middle-class suburb of Arvada, in the swing state of Colorado, were told: “If we [Channel 4 News] can get a copy of it, users would be naïve to assume that someone else can’t as well.”
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