Lawmakers demand answers from Facebook after claiming that analytics have a firm grasp of the user’s data for Trump campaign



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Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic criticism on Facebook on Sunday, after a former employee of company details Cambridge Analytica went public with claims that the company had harvested information from 50 million users of the social network.

The employee, Chris Wylie, told the british Channel 4 that Cambridge uses the data to psychological profiles, so that voters can be with targeted ads and stories. Wylie added that the data were obtained from an app that is developed by an academic that sucked up data from Facebook users who have agreed to complete a survey, as well as their friends and contacts — a process of which most were not aware of this.

Facebook announced Friday that it had suspended Cambridge Analytica, best known for his work on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. On Sunday, Facebook announced that the implementation of a comprehensive internal and external review” of Wylie’s allegations.

In Washington, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee told ABC News’ “This Week” that Cambridge Analytica work deserved further investigation by the panel.

“We need to find out what we can about the eclipse of the privacy, the personal data of tens of millions of Americans,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said.

Schiff pointed out that the commission had just done an interview with Alexander Nix, the head of the british company.

“Even then it was with a video conference on the GOP’s insistence,” he said.

In a separate statement, Schiff said Facebook must “answer important questions about the reasons why it provided private information for the user, to an academic, how they have informed users in advance of these types of data transfer, and if he can prove that the data has been destroyed. They must also answer questions about how they notified users about this breach of their personal data.”

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., told CNN’s “State of the Union” that it was important to find out “who knew what when?”

“This is a big deal, when you that the amount of the data,” Flake said. “And the privacy violations there are significant. So the question is, who knew? When did they know it? How long was this? And what happens to that data now?”

In London, Conservative Member of Parliament Damian Collins said that he would ask Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg or another Facebook executive to appear before the media committee, which he chairs.

Collins said Facebook has “always understated” the risks of data leaks and gave misleading responses to the commission.

“Someone must take responsibility for this,” he said. “It is time for Mark Zuckerberg to stop hiding behind his Facebook page.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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