Italy’s ruling Five Star ‘steals’ voters’ data via Facebook app Dec 06, 2019 0 201 12345 DPARomeItaly’s ruling Five Star Movement (M5S) used underhand methods similar to Cambridge Analytica for the mass profiling of voters ahead of 2013 and 2014 elections, according to a media report.The data harvesting was done via a Facebook app developed by Casaleggio Associati, the shadowy internet company that manages the party’s online infrastructure, the Linkiesta website has written. Its report was published on Wednesday and picked up by Italian national media on Thursday.The Facebook app was marketed as a way to support the M5S, but it allowed Casaleggio Associati to access users’ personal data, and the personal data of their Facebook friends, Linkiesta said.Harvested data included email and home addresses, phone numbers, tax codes, and political and religious orientations. Linkiesta published evidence of this.“Scoop: Casaleggio stole personal data of Facebook users three years before Cambridge Analytica,” the website wrote, quoting a former Casaleggio staffer, Marco Canestrari, as its source.In a follow-up article on Thursday, Linkiesta quoted a statement from Casaleggio Associati rejecting parallels between its conduct and that of Cambridge Analytica. RELATED ARTICLES Strike paralyses France as unions face off against Macron Dec 06, 2019 0 240 Ex-US secretary of state Kerry endorses Biden for president Dec 06, 2019 0 1653 Trump likely to face at least three articles of impeachment Dec 06, 2019 0 664 At least 58 migrants drown as boat sinks off Mauritania Nouakchott: At least 58 migrants trying reach Europe from West Africa died as their makeshift boat capsized off the coast of Mauritania, but dozens of survivors managed to swim to shore. Wednesday’s sinking was the .. Wolf attacks on farm animals on the rise in Germany Berlin: Sheep are the main victims of attacks by wolves in Germany, which have shown a significant increase in recent years as numbers of the once-rare predators rise, government figures showed on Thursday. According to .. Johnson pledges tax cuts, gets election boost after four MEPs quit Brexit Party DPA London Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised British voters tax cuts on Thursday as he was boosted by the backing of four Brexit Party politicians ahead of next week’s snap election. Johnson made a series of pledges .. US indicts hackers with alleged Russian intelligence ties Washington: The US Justice Department unveiled indictments on Thursday of two Russians with ties to their country’s intelligence services, who ran a major global cybertheft operation under the name Evil Corp. An .. Trump lawyer meets Ukrainian MP Kiev: US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer discussed “international corruption” with an MP in Kiev who had claimed to have dirt on the White House’s Democratic rivals, the Ukrainian lawmaker said on Thursday. .. Trump says ‘will win’ impeachment fight Washington: A defiant President Donald Trump predicted on Thursday he “will win,” after the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives gave the greenlight for impeachment. “The good thing is that the ..