Former Employee of Cambridge Analytica Says He Was Contacted by Federal Bureau of Investigation

US Justice Dept. Opens Probe Into Cambridge Analytica - Reports

Cambridge Analytica is embroiled in a scandal over its handling of Facebook user information, which affected millions of accounts on the social-networking platform.

The first phase in the investigation is a comprehensive review to identify every app that had access to a large amounts of users' Facebook data.

The European Parliament has requested Zuckerberg appear before the assembly a couple of times, and it appears he has finally agreed.

"Although Facebook says Mr Zuckerberg has no plans to travel to the United Kingdom, we would also be open to taking his evidence by video link, if that would be the only way to do this during the period of our inquiry", wrote the committee's chair, Damian Collins MP, in response.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct political data firm embroiled in a scandal over its handling of Facebook user information, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

While it's unclear whether Zuckerberg will appear before the United Kingdom government, either via video or in real life, MPs are studying Facebook's answers to their questions.

However Facebook has in parallel been auditing third-party apps to see if any may have misused data and embarked on a process of greater transparency over things like privacy settings and data collection.

Wylie added that Cambridge Analytica "used Russian researchers to gather its data, (and) openly shared information on "rumor campaigns" and "attitudinal inoculation" with companies and executives linked to the Russian intelligence agency FSB. Nix was subsequently suspended, and, earlier this month, the firm filed for insolvency.

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The US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are questioning former employees of Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct political data firm, and the banks that were associated with it, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Wylie appeared before the digital, culture, media and sport select committee of Parliament in late March, and he met privately with House Democrats in April.

In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook's entanglement with Cambridge Analytica violates its 2011 settlement with the US government over another series of privacy mishaps.

Across the Atlantic, meanwhile, the European Parliament is still requesting that Zuckerberg come testify in person.

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On May 2, Cambridge Analytica announced the termination of work.

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