Cambridge Analytica CEO resigns

11 Apr 2018

During the second day of Facebook's CEO testimony before the US Senate in regard to the users’ privacy breach, the Cambridge Analytica’s Board issued a Press Release stating that Alexander Tayler resigned the position of the acting CEO. He will resume his previous position as Chief Data Officer. The Board expressed appreciation for his service during ‘a challenging time for the company.’ This announcement came after Cambridge Analytica suspended its previous CEO, Alexander Nix, end of March, amid public revelations that the company improperly obtained personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users from a Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan, who collected the data through an app he developed and connected to Facebook in 2013.

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Privacy and data protection are two interrelated Internet governance issues. Data protection is a legal mechanism that ensures privacy. Privacy is usually defined as the right of any citizen to control their own personal information and to decide about it (to disclose information or not). Privacy is a fundamental human right. It is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in many other international and regional human rights conventions. The July 2015 appointment of the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age reflects the rising importance of privacy in global digital policy, and the recognition of the need to address privacy rights issues the the global, as well as national levels.

Consumer trust is one of the main preconditions for the success of e-commerce. E-commerce is still relatively new and consumers are not as confident with it as with real-world shopping. Consumer protection is an important legal method for developing trust in e-commerce.

 

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