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Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and the Future of Consumer Privacy in America

Last week we all learned that the profile data of more than 50 million Facebook users data was improperly accessed by Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm in the United Kingdom that was involved in the Trump Presidential Campaign as well as other prominent political campaigns. The users’ profile data was exfiltrated through a ‘personality quiz’ app that had been built by a researcher at Cambridge University and installed by roughly 270,000 Facebook users. Cambridge Analytica then paid the researcher to harvest profile data of tens of millions of other Facebook users. So far the reaction on both sides of the Atlantic has been swift and emphatic. The UK government raided the offices of Cambridge Analytica and US lawmakers have called on Mark Zuckerberg to personally testify in the Senate. Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into Facebook’s practices, while the Commission has simultaneously come under fire for failing to take steps to curb Facebook’s lax privacy protections. This case has far reaching implications for ABA members in many different fields, especially those working to protect privacy and civil rights. What happens next? And what role should we all play in the legal and policy process going forward? Join us for a conversation about Facebook and the Future of Privacy in America.


  • David Brody, Associate Counsel & Fellow for Privacy and Technology, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Alan Butler, Privacy Committee Chair, ABA CRSJ & Senior Counsel, EPIC 
  • Amie Stepanovich, U.S. Policy Manager, Access Now 
  • Jody Westby, CEO, Global Cyber Risk LLC 
  • David Wheeler, Partner, Chapman Spingola

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