Cambridge Analytica worked with Congress in India: UK whistleblower

28 March, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Jason Torres
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Wylie told committee members that he "absolutely" believed that AggregateIQ had drawn on Cambridge Analytica's databases for its work on the European Union referendum. You mentioned India as a prime source of business.

Wylie, who left the company in 2014, said that he was concerned about the data's possible misuse in the 2016 United States election and that it might have been used to target specific voters with campaign ads.

"I believe their client was Congress but I know that they have done all kinds of project".

Wylie portrayed Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, Strategic Communication Laboratories, as totally without qualms about breaking laws and undermining democracies around the world.

Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower and a computer expert who sparked a global debate over electronic privacy said on Tuesday the Congress was one of the political parties in India that had used the services of the tainted company Cambridge Analytica.

A Facebook spokesman confirmed to ABC News that the company received the invitation to appear on April 10, moments before it was shared with the media, and said that it was being "reviewed". "I don't remember a national project, I know regionally", said Wylie while responding to a question on CA's work in India by Labour's Paul Fareely.

He also stated that he might have some documentation on the company's work in India, which he could provide to the committee. But they (CA) do have offices there, they have staff there.

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Last week, the Facebook CEO had issued an apology and in a Facebook post pledged to take a series of steps to protect user data and fix the breach of trust between the company and its users.

Wylie became a central figure in the scandal involving the data firm last week when he told the U.K.'s Observer newspaper and the New York Times that Cambridge Analytica allegedly used personal information of up to 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge through a third-party quiz app.

"One of the reasons why I'm speaking out is because I think that it's really concerning that no one has really investigated Cambridge Analytica and its role in the 2016 election", Wylie told ABC News. "They are an example of what modern-day colonialism looks like".

"Rahul Gandhi needs to apologise to the nation for trying to subvert India's election process using the Brahmastra of Cambridge Analytica".

Because of the links between the two companies, Vote Leave got the "the next best thing" to Cambridge Analytica when it hired AggregateIQ, "a company that can do virtually everything that (Cambridge Analytica) can do but with a different billing name", Wylie said.

According to reports, the Congress party paid the data analytics firm Rs.500 crore to Rs.600 crore to help Gandhi win the elections.

Aggregate IQ has long maintained its independence from Cambridge Analytica and the SCL Group - but Wylie insisted that Aggregate IQ, while not owned by Cambridge Analytica, held the licence to the intellectual property that formed the basis of Cambridge Analytica's software, and effectively operated as an "internal entity" that were kept at arms-length for purposes of political expediency.

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