The Great Hack
This 2019 documentary released by Netflix is a behind-the-scenes look at the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica hacking scandal. The Great Hack covers the aftermath of how the London-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used data mining and analysis of millions of Facebook profiles to influence various political campaigns around the world--notably, the 2016 US presidential election and the Brexit referendum.
The documentary primarily follows whistleblower and former Cambridge Analytica employee Brittany Kaiser as she attempts to reveal the truth behind the scandal. Clips from the congressional hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the British parliament hearing with Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix are also featured. If you've ever wondered how the personal data companies collect about you is being used, The Great Hack can offer some insight--at least when it comes to Facebook.
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Kristen Lotze is an Associate Writer for TechRepublic. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville, and previously worked as an intern in the Marketing and Communications department at Metropolitan State University of Denver.