The Indian government has ordered a probe into the Cambridge Analytica data mining case. The government today informed Parliament that it has written to the country's apex federal investigation body, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), seeking an inquiry against the UK-based data mining and analysis firm. READ MORE: India Reiterates it will Not Allow Data Mining for Political Purposes Cambridge Analytica is in the middle of a controversy involving an alleged breach of Facebook user data. The investigation by CBI seeks to establish whether the company utilized information about its clients in India and whether it had harvested their user profiles. Cambridge Analytica data breach case will be investigated by CBI: Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT Minister in Rajya Sabha pic.twitter.com/lmLLdl5VIP — ANI (@ANI) July 26, 2018 Participating in a discussion on the issue "action on misuse … [Read more...] about India Launches Formal Probe of Illegal Data Mining by Cambridge Analytica
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Prateek, a 37 year-old technology coding professional, quit his IT job a year ago. He is not comfortable disclosing his last name because he has signed a non-disclosure agreement. Teaching a new programming language called 'Clojure', Prateek earns about Rs 20,000 for a two-hour session.Data mining, artificial intelligence, cloud security—these are not just skills that will help you get the coveted job. They have become an avenue for a new profession - teaching staff for the sector. For a complete course, these professionals are charging between Rs 50,000 to as high as Rs 7 lakh from the companies who want to train their employees."Rather than having a scenario where we are hiring staff for new roles at a high pay, the idea is to train the existing employees using expert help," said the chief human resource officer of a mid-size IT firm.Close What do they do? related news Forex kitty continues to swells, scales past $451-bn-mark Wall Street opens higher after strong … [Read more...] about Skilled in AI, data analytics? You can earn Rs 10,000 per hour
NEW DELHI: The CBI has approached Facebook and Cambridge Analytica seeking additional information following their responses to its queries related to alleged illegal personal data harvesting of Indians from the social networking platform, officials said Wednesday. The agency officials said the CBI had received responses to its queries from both the companies but it needed more details from them on some specific questions. The officials refused to divulge further details on this communication as the inquiry is at a crucial stage where the CBI will take a call on whether to proceed further with an FIR, they said. In the letters sent to the companies, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought the details of data collection exercise adopted by them, they said. After reference from the Centre, the investigative agency had initiated a preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research last year over the alleged user data theft. It is alleged that … [Read more...] about User data harvesting: CBI seeks more details from Facebook, Cambridge Analytica
The CBI has written to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research in connection with the illegal personal data harvesting of Indians from the social networking platform, sources said on Monday. In the letters sent to the companies, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought the details of data collection exercise adapted by them, they said. After reference from the Centre, the investigative agency had initiated a preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research last month over the alleged data theft. It is alleged that Cambridge Analytica received data from Global Science Research which employed "illegal means" of personal data harvesting of Indians using Facebook, they said. Facebook has over 20 crore users in India. A preliminary enquiry is the first step to decide whether the allegations deserve a full-blown investigation through an FIR or not, they said. Data mining and analysis firm Cambridge Analytica earlier faced … [Read more...] about CBI writes to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica over data theft
The Federal Trade Commission voted to approve a fine of roughly $5 billion against Facebook over user-privacy violations by the social media company that involved tens of millions of people, according to several media reports. The fine, which still needs approval from the Department of Justice, would be the largest the FTC has levied on a tech company. But prominent Democrats are criticizing the proposed levy, calling it a drop in the bucket for a company as profitable as Facebook. Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island called the fine "a Christmas present five months early." Sen. Mark Warner, of Virginia, called on Congress to act, saying the FTC was "either unable or unwilling to put in place reasonable guardrails to ensure that user privacy and data are protected." Facebook made a profit of $22 billion last year on $56 billion in total revenue, or a profit margin of 45%. Facebook earmarked $3 billion for a potential fine earlier this year and said in April it was anticipating … [Read more...] about FTC to fine Facebook about $5 billion for user-privacy violations, reports say
Drive through an unfamiliar neighborhood, and you can probably tell at a glance whether it votes Democrat or Republican just based on the numbers of sedans versus trucks parked along the street. advertisement advertisement That sounds like an assumption based purely on stereotypes about wealthy Democrats and rural, truck-owning Republicans. But it’s also backed by research. According to a new paper by out of the Stanford AI lab by researchers who were not affiliated with Google (except for coauthor Li Fei-Fei, who currently works for the company), there is an 88% chance that a neighborhood voted Democratic if its Google Street View images show more sedans than trucks. Similarly, if Street View shows more trucks than sedans, there’s an 82% chance the area voted Republican. published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), reveals a new methodology for measuring demographic data. Typically, the federal government completes country-wide surveys to … [Read more...] about Is Google Street View The Next Big Census Tool?