Christopher Wylie, who worked at Cambridge Analytica and has brought forward accusations about how the company allegedly misused data from as many as 50 million Facebook users, told a committee in the U.K. Parliament that a Canadian firm allegedly linked to Cambridge Analytica developed the software that the Trump campaign used to target voters in the 2016 US presidential race. "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. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons.
Christopher Wylie, former Cambridge Analytica employee and the whistleblower behind the Facebook privacy scandal, told British that his company worked extensively in India and he believed the Congress was the company's client at the regional level.
He said they shared underlying technology and worked so closely together that Cambridge Analytica staff often referred to the Canadian firm as a "department".
"I believe Cambridge Analytica's client was Congress, but I know that they've also done all kind of projects both regionally..." India's so big that one state can be as big as Britain.
"I believe I have some documentation on India which I can also provide to the committee", said Wylie to the committee. According to Wylie, the firm had large-scale operations in India and even had an office here. "This is a company that has gone around the world and undermined the democratic process", he said.
On Sunday, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg in ads in national newspapers in the USA and United Kingdom called the company's failure to protect user information " a breach of trust" and said it's "now taking steps to make sure this doesn't happen again". Gen. Xavier Becerra joined counterparts from 33 other states in demanding Monday that Facebook explain how personal information from millions of people was used without their consent by a political consulting firm with ties to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
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Soon after the testimony details came out, the ruling BJP sought apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
"Cambridge Analytica would have a database and AIQ would access that database, otherwise the software wouldn't work".
Vote Leave had got "the next best thing" to Cambridge Analytica by hiring "a company that can do virtually everything that CA can do but with a different billing name", he said.
Cambridge Analytica was an example of "modern day colonialism", he suggested at one point.
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.