Trump’s Campaign App Monitors Users’ Personal Data
The Trump 2020 campaign’s official app allows Trump’s team to communicate directly with over 2.8 million users, the most users of a presidential campaign’s app in history (source). Additionally, if users granted the app permission, it could and would also communicate with their phone contact list.
The Trump campaign has always been data-driven, including help by the infamous data science company Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 campaign.
Author’s Note: This is a new era for politics, one where data science focused marketing companies can play a major contributing role in winning elections – to get a better understanding of this, and specifically the role Cambridge Analytica played in Trump’s 2016 campaign, the Brexit campaign and more, I recommend you watch The Great Hack, a 2019 documentary exploring the details and aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
I’m an AI & Robotics Student interested in FOSS, Tech Sustainability and Data Rights. I’m also the founder of Humans For Ethical Technology.