Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Christopher Wylie Says Congress Was A Client
30 March, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Elena Summers
After a big shake up with revelations about Facebook data leak and then shedding light on the nexus between Cambridge Analytica (CA) and Indian political parties, whistleblower and firm director Christopher Wylie shared a list of Strategic Communication Laboratory (SCL) Group's Indian projects.
CambridgeAnalytica has been accused of illegally using data of tens of millions of Facebook users for political work on behalf of its clients.
"Last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data", said Erin Egan, Facebook's vice president and chief privacy officer, said.
CambridgeAnalytica vigorously denies the charges levelled against it, saying that Wylie was merely "a part-time employee who left his position in July 2014" and had no direct knowledge of how the firm had operated since. "This is what modern colonialism looks like", he wrote.
The official British note of approval was one of over 100 pages of documents handed over to the digital, media, culture and sport select committee by CambridgeAnalytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie earlier this week, following a oral hearing that lasted almost four hours.
The document elaborating SCL India's operation reads, "SCL India has a database of over 600 districts and 7 lakhs villages, which is constantly being updated". The action comes a day after the whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, revealed that his former employers worked with the Congress in India on some regional projects. "But they do have offices there, they do have staff".
"I don't remember a national project, but I know regionally", he added.
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Christopher Wylie says Cambridge Analytica "don't care whether or not it's legal as long as it gets the job done".
Wylie said his predecessor Dan Muresan was poisoned after "a deal went sour".
He also stressed how the different parts of SCL Group worked together, and pointed to a recent Gizmodo article showing that AggregateIQ, which said that it did not enter into a contract with CambridgeAnalytica. Its owner Mark Zuckerburg issued a public apology for his company's failure to protect users' data.
According to the company's executives, the firm has worked in more than 200 elections around the world. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala referred to statements in the parts of the deposition before the House of Commons which talked about how an Indian businessman was paying CambridgeAnalytica to defeat Congress.
Meanwhile, Divya Spandana, head of social media for the Congress party, has told journalist Barkha Dutt that CambridgeAnalytica recently approached the Congress party to work on the 2019 elections but the Congress turned it down. "The nation demands an answer", said Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad soon after Mr. Wylie's testimony. We challenge you (Bharatiya Janata Party).
A non-partisan watchdog group has filed complaints with the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission alleging that the data firm CambridgeAnalytica violated USA election law by having foreign nationals involved in the decisions of political committees. U.S. lawmakers have also requested Zuckerberg testify to Congress about the network's handling of user data.
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