Did data giveaway break federal law?

Thursday, March 29, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Facebook usersAnother accusation has surfaced that Facebook was playing fast and loose with user data, and this time it can't blame an outside political operative or rogue third-party app. 

Barack Obama changed the way American politicians campaign with his pervasive use of social media and data collection in 2008 and 2012.

It now appears a lot of that data was given to the campaign, perhaps illegally.

The latest breach was revealed in a pair of Tweets from Carol Davidson, the media director for the Obama 2012 campaign.

von Spakovsky, Hans (Heritage)"Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph," she wrote, "but they … were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn't have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side."

Hans von Spakovski of The Heritage Foundation says the problem with Facebook providing that data is that corporations are banned by law from making contributions, including in-kind donations, to federal campaigns.

"It's very possible that the Obama campaign violated campaign finance law by accepting, illegally, a corporate contribution," the attorney warns, "and Facebook may have violated the law by making an illegal contribution."

Facebook is already under investigation for playing fast and loose with user data in several other instances.

Von Spakovski wrote about the possible illegal activity in an op-ed for Fox News that can be read here.

 

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