Firm With Trump Camp Ties Obtained Data on 50 Million Facebook Users
March 19, 2018: On Friday, Facebook suspended ties with digital analytics firm Cambridge Analytica after it was revealed that 50 million Facebook profiles were harvested in a massive data breach. The profiles were obtained for research purposes by a Russian-American academic before being improperly leaked to Cambridge Analytica, which was also hired as a consultant for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The Takeaway looks at the implications of this massive data breach and how the information is being used. Plus, we discuss the ouster of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; the serial explosions in Austin, Texas, leaving residents on edge; how Illinois may be the battleground the the soul of the Democratic party; whether the 'compassionate release' program is effective for dying inmates; and the civil rights-era Howard University protests which set off a storm that still has remnants today.