Cambridge Analytica: Chris Wylie misrepresented company, admits what he says is speculation


Chris Wylie made the statement while testifying before British lawmakers in the wake of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, which began with his allegations that Cambridge Analytica improperly harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material in U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons.

Wylie told the media committee of the British parliament that he "absolutely" believed Canadian consultant AggregateIQ drew on Cambridge Analytica's databases for its work on the official Vote Leave campaign.

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.

The company has clarified that Chris Wylie was a part-time contractor who left Cambridge Analytica in July 2014 and has no direct knowledge of the company's work or practices since that date.

"I believe their client was Congress, but I know that they have done all kinds of projects, both regional - I don't remember a national project but I know regionally". "I mean India is so big, one state could be as big as Britain", he said in response to Labour MP Paul Farrelly. He further said that the company had offices and staff in the country.

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

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During a lengthy session in which MPs from across the political spectrum on the culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee quizzed Wylie, he provided a snapshot of the work carried out by the firms, now in the spotlight, highlighting how data captured enabled them to build up psychological profiles of individuals who would be particularly susceptible to forms of certain tactics.

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".

"There are stories that have started to come out of Wylie's Romanian predecessor's involvement in India, that when he died in Kenya, he was working for Congress, according to reports from India".

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

A summons letter had been sent to Zuckerberg by Damian Collins, the chair of DCMS. The company also said it was 100-per cent Canadian owned and operated and was never part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL. And a whistleblower says he believes the firm, which has ties to the Trump presidential campaign, may have swayed the U.K.'s 2016 Brexit vote.

He also described as "categorically untrue" claims that Cambridge Analytica had never used Facebook data, using the app, which had been the "foundational data set of the company". "This was a breach of trust, and I am sorry", the back-page ads said.