Congress was a client in India, says Cambridge Analytica whistleblower
28 March, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Bert Pena
"I mean India is so big, one state could be as big as Britain", he said in response to Labour MP Paul Farrelly.
He set out links between the two companies and explained how they worked around the world on elections.
"Today the whistleblower Christopher Wylie has confirmed that Cambridge Analytics worked with Congress".
The company, as well as Facebook, are in the spotlight over alleged unauthorised access to personal data of the social media website's users.
At the beginning of Wylie's testimony to the House of Commons Digital, Culture and Sport Committee, chairman Damian Collins said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had not accepted an invitation to give evidence, suggesting that the company's chief product officer, Chris Cox, speak in his stead.
Meanwhile, Cambridge Analytica said on Tuesday that Wylie has no direct knowledge of their work or practices.
In a major twist to series of events related to data theft, Wylie, the whistle blower who brought to the fore misuse of Facebook data, said he believed that the Congress party was a client of Cambridge Analytica.
They allege that Vote Leave circumvented spending limits by donating 625,000 pounds ($888,000) to the pro-Brexit student group BeLeave, then sending the money directly to AggregateIQ.
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"I think it is completely reasonable to say that there could have been a different outcome in the referendum had there not been, in my view, cheating", Wylie told lawmakers. "They are an example of what modern-day colonialism looks like".
"AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where we operate", the company told CBC News, and has "never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity".
"Aggregate IQ has never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL", the company has stated.
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"It's about the integrity of the democratic process", said Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee, who earlier this month, revealed details of how the firm had inappropriately gathered Facebook data used to target voters in the USA, dating back to 2014, using an app developed by Cambridge psychologist Aleksandr Kogan.
The company, Tel Aviv-based Black Cube, quickly denied the allegations and called them a "flagrant lie".
Mr Wylie told the committee he "absolutely" believed that AIQ had drawn on CA databases in the referendum campaign, telling the committee: "You can't have targeting software that doesn't access the database". "Cambridge Analytica did not share any GSR data with AIQ, We haven't had any communication with AIQ since December 2015", the company said in a tweet.
"I believe I have some documentation on India which I can provide", he told the Committee in Britain's House of Commons. "This was a breach of trust, and I am sorry", the back-page ads said.
He said: "My understanding about your [Wylie's] Romanian predecessor...there are stories that have started to come out of his involvement in India, that when he died in Kenya, he was working for Congress apparently, according to reports from India".
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The news comes three days after Cambridge Analytica suspended its CEO, Alexander Nix, "pending a full, independent investigation". The investigation by the ICO is expected to intensify after they analyze the records and data held by Cambridge Analytica.
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