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Cambridge Analytica Scandal: Legitimate Researchers Using Facebook Data Could Be Collateral Damage


Alexander Nix, Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix.

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The scandal that has erupted around Cambridge Analytica's alleged harvesting of 50m Facebook profiles assembled from data provided by a UK-based academic and his company is a worrying development for legitimate researchers.

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