Cambridge Analytica worked with political parties in India, says the whistleblower

Cambridge Analytica worked with political parties in India, says the whistleblower

Cambridge Analytica worked "extensively" in India, and operated a system of "modern day colonialism", globally undermining democratic processes across the world, a British parliamentary committee heard on Tuesday, as Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who blew the lid on the firm's gathering of data from Facebook, gave evidence, which drew in issues relating to Brexit, the United States election campaign, and other elections across the world.

The use of targeted ads using data mined from people's Facebook profiles could have influenced the European Union referendum, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower has told MPs. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons.

Wylie also informed the UK Parliament that he had joined the parent company Strategic Communications Ltd (SCL) before Cambridge Analytica was formed.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie says the company has offices and staff in India.

Responding to a question on CA's work in India by Labour's Paul Farrelly, he said: "I believe their [CA's] client was Congress, but I know that they've done all kinds of projects both regionally..."

He wrote: "The EC/ICO (Electoral Commission/Information Commissioner's Office) inquiries will look at the facts, the completely different stories that the whistleblowers tell each time they appear (their credibility is such that I bet their lawyers won't let them appear as witnesses), the evidence, and the law".

He also stated that he might have some documentation on the company's work in India, which he could provide to the committee.

He said the Tel Aviv-based company was hired to "hack the now-president [Muhammadu] Buhari to get access to his medical records and private emails".

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"When you look at the accumulation of evidence", he said, "I think it would be completely unreasonable to come to any other conclusion than this must be coordination, this must be a common objective plan".

The company though has not mentioned anything pertaining to Wylie's claim of Congress hiring Cambridge Analytica.

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.

Cambridge Analytica was an example of "modern day colonialism", he suggested at one point.

"Rahul Gandhi needs to apologise to the nation for trying to subvert India's election process using the Brahmastra of Cambridge Analytica". Cambridge Analytica denies any of the data acquired was used as part of the services it provided to the Trump campaign.

Black Cube, an intelligence gathering firm that has previously been linked to a number of other controversial clients, including Harvey Weinstein, denied any connection to Cambridge Analytica or involvement in the scheme in Nigeria.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, on Monday called for Zuckerberg to testify before Congress about Cambridge Analytica's alleged misuse of the Facebook data and the possibility that that data may not have been not destroyed in 2015, as the data firm certified to the social media company.

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