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cheap Canada Goose Cambridge Analytica now says it has destroyed https://www.uscanadagooseoutletsale.com the user data it collected on Facebook. Raw data reviewed by The Times suggests the canada goose uk black friday information, or copies of it, may still exist. In either case, specific user information was merely a means to an end, a building block in a far more ambitious construction: a behavioral model powerful enough to manipulate people’s activity and, potentially, sway elections.

The firm adapted its approach to personality modeling from studies canadian goose jacket conducted by researchers at Stanford University and the Psychometrics Center at the University of Cambridge. The studies relied on data collected by a Facebook app called myPersonality, a 100 question quiz developed by the Psychometrics Center that assessed a person’s openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness canada goose factory sale and neuroticism, traits commonly referred to in the academic community by the acronym Ocean. That allowed researchers to cross reference the results of the quiz numeric Ocean scores cheap canada goose uk with the users’ Facebook “likes,” and build a model from the correlations they found between the two. With that model, the researchers could often make precise Canada Goose Parka guesses about subsequent users’ personalities using only a list of their likes, no 100 question quiz necessary.

buy canada goose jacket cheap One of the studies the Psychometrics Center produced, published in 2015 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was built on the “likes” and Ocean scores of more than 70,000 respondents who took the myPersonality quiz on Facebook.

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canada goose clearance sale The model, the researchers said, was particularly adept at “predicting life outcomes such as substance use, political attitudes and physical health.” The real world efficacy of the approach, however, has been called into question.

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canada goose store When Cambridge Analytica approached the Psychometrics Center about using its models, the center declined. Cambridge Analytica then turned to Aleksandr Kogan, a psychology professor at Cambridge University who was familiar with the center’s work. Dr. Kogan developed a Facebook app called “thisisyourdigitallife,” a quiz similar to myPersonality, and used it to harvest data from more than 50 million Facebook profiles. Of those, 30 million contained enough information to generate personality profiles. Kogan’s app to have access to their data, and all were told that their information was canada goose coats being used Canada Goose Coats On Sale for academic research.

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canada goose deals Facebook has now banned Cambridge Analytica from its platform, canada goose clearance sale as well as its uk canada goose parent company and Dr. Kogan. In Facebook’s eyes, Dr. Kogan’s infraction was not collecting the data, but giving it to Cambridge Analytica.

canada goose black friday sale “Although Kogan gained access to this information in a legitimate way and through the proper channels that governed all developers on Facebook at that time, he did not subsequently abide by our rules,” Facebook’s deputy general counsel said in a statement on Friday.

By handing over that information to a private company, Facebook said, Dr. Kogan violated its terms of service.

Canada Goose sale Facebook in 2015 changed its policies, including altering rules about how third party apps can gain access to information about users’ friends. But user data collected through such apps over the years probably remains in the wild, not to mention the models that can continue to be used to target people around the world.

buy canada goose jacket Correction: March 23, 2018

canadian goose jacket An earlier version of this article misstated the title of Michal Kosinski, a researcher who helped develop the model that created personality profiles from Facebook He is a professor of organizational behavior, not a professor of computer science.

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