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Cambridge Analytica, the highly scrutinized data firm that had ties to the Trump campaign, is under investigation by the Department of Justice and the FBI, according to The New York Times, which cited an American official and other individuals familiar with the matter.

There has been a lot of attention in the media lately with respect to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica issue and its fall-out (including today’s coverage of the announcement that Facebook suspended nearly 200 apps pending a more complete investigation in whether any user data was misused).

The U.S. exit, together with its threaten to sanction companies economically involved with Tehran, has sparked outrage in Europe. The announcement triggered US plans to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic within roughly three to six months.

Facebook users who shared personal details, like the conclusions from a psychological test, with the popular app myPersonality had their results stored on a vulnerable website with " insufficient security provisions" for four years, according to an article in New Scientist. Users can also know if Cambridge Analytica had access to their data.

Facebook already suspended myPersonality from the social networking site last month, saying the application is already under investigation for potentially violating their policies. The data allegedly includes information like age, gender, and relationship status of 4.3 million people. The report suggests that for those who couldn’t access the data set because they didn’t have an academic contract, there was a "working username and password" available on GitHub that was passed around between students working on tools for processing Facebook data.

A Cambridge Analytica said the company used Twitter for but insisted that it had never "undertaken a project with GSR focusing on Twitter data and Cambridge Analytica has never received Twitter data from GSR". Thousands more are being investigated as the company attempts to clean up its privacy act post-Cambridge Analytica.

The social network’s 18-page letter states that the first Zuckerberg knew about allegations that Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted data harvested from Facebook users was in March 2018 "when these issues were raised in the media" by the Guardian and other publications.

Facebook sent the documents to UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee as part of evidence for the committee’s inquiry into the Cambridge Analytica scandal, following CTO Mike Schroepfer’s appearance in front of the British politicians last month.

Facebook discovered the potentially dodgy applications as part of an "investigation and audit" created to unearth apps like the personality testing app that harvested information from users and sold it to political data firm Cambridge Analytica. He said Facebook would notify users about such bans and make it possible for them to check whether their data was misused. Each Facebook user was given a unique ID that pulled together data including their age, gender, location, status updates, results on the personality quiz and more.

With all that, deanonymizing the data would be a snap, Dixon said. The app is now under investigation for potentially having violated the platform’s policies due to the language used in the app and on its website to describe its data-sharing practices. That said, the myPersonality Facebook app did actually scrub your name off before exposing your personal data online.