"Just by sending messages, metadata is delivered to WhatsApp every time," said Kelber, adding that it could be assumed that these data snippets were then forwarded directly to Facebook, WhatsApp's parent concern.
The current process for reviewing on-device data could last for several months as devices were retrieved at crime scenes and sent to special labs for further analysis, which would leave both suspects, victims, and witnesses subject to the same frustrating wait times.‘The introduction of cyber kiosks will enable us to quickly identify if a device contains material related to an investigation,’ a video from the Scotland Police explains.
That is to say that it wants cutting edge data-driven machine learning on its devices, without violating its own user privacy pledge.What’s more, it’s done it in a way that cocoons the company from potential criticism about user data down the line.
Nix later denied the company used such tactics, but was replaced as CEO before SCL went out of business last May. After the news about Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data made headlines in March, the British Information Commissioner’s Office searched the company’s London-based office and seized its servers as part of an ongoing investigation into the use of data in politics.
Former SCL contractor Christopher Wylie blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica last March, telling *The Guardian* and *The New York Times* that the company misappropriated the data of tens of millions of Facebook users and used it for political purposes during the 2016 presidential election in the US.