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Former Cambridge Analytica researcher Christopher Wylie testified on Wednesday to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as he sought answers to how the London-based company abused Facebook data during the 2016 US presidential election. (May 16th)
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WASHINGTON – Russian officials may have the personal information of millions of Facebook users collected by Cambridge Analytica without the consent of consumers, while former White House advisor Steve Bannon tried to use the information to create a "cultural war," whistleblower Christopher, to start Wylie said on Wednesday in front of a Senate.

Wylie, who flew here from London to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Bannon – a former vice president of Cambridge Analytica told senators that Bannon sees "cultural warfare as the means to create lasting changes in American politics "and" build an arsenal of information weapons that he could use for the American people. "

"Mr. Bannon wanted to use the same kind of tactics of information operations that the military used for its political purposes in the United States and elsewhere," Wylie testified.

Wylie was asked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, if it was possible that the Facebook data had "landed in Russia".

"I can not say for sure, in one way or another, whether these records would end up in Russia, but what I can say is that it would have been very much," Wylie, who from mid-2013 to late 2014, served as research director for Cambridge Analytica worked before leaving the company, helping to uncover Facebook's invasion of privacy.

Wylie said Aleksandr Kogan, a psychology professor at Cambridge University, developed an application that tracked the Facebook data and sold it to Cambridge Analytica, was frequently in Moscow and St. Petersburg and worked on projects funded by the Russian government.

Wylie said Russian officials could easily steal the data from Kogan's laptop with a simple keylogger, software that can be installed remotely to keep track of which keys on a computer keyboard are being pressed.

"I know Dr. Kogan was working on psychological profiling projects in Russia at the time and he told me that he would publicize his research in Russia," Wylie said. "My concern was that the data could come from him while he was in Russia."

Wylie voiced these concerns when he said that Cambridge Analytica violated their privacy in light of the recent revelations that an estimated 87 million Facebook users had about privacy.

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The revelations have spurred angry lawmakers to urge Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg why his company is no longer protecting its users' data has done. Zuckerberg testified before House and Senate committees for about 10 hours on two days in April, repeatedly apologized for the break, and promised to do better.

"The Cambridge Analytica scandal has revealed that social platforms are no longer safe for users," Wylie testifies. "We have to face that fact, these platforms are critical parts of American cyberspace that desperately need protection and oversight."

Congress is considering legislation to give consumers more power over their data.

A bipartisan law by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., And John Kennedy, R-La., Would allow consumers to refuse data collection and give them the right to obtain copies of data already collected about them , Consumers would also have the power to order companies to delete their data.

Meanwhile, Zuckerberg has accepted an invitation from the European Parliament to come soon to Brussels to "clarify questions about the use of personal data", it said in a Tweet Wednesday by the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani

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