Whistleblower Christopher Wylie puts out CA's projects in India

30 March, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Simon Thompson
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Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower and a computer expert who sparked a global debate over electronic privacy, said on Wednesday the JD (U) had availed the services of the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica's parent company SCL's services in 2010.

Wylie is the Canadian whistleblower who helped to reveal how his former employer, Cambridge Analytica, used data generated by a third-party app on Facebook to generate profiles of 50m people, in an act that may have tipped the United States presidential election and the Brexit referendum in 2016.

Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who brought to light the Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica scandal has revealed SCL India's operations in the country.

Former Lib Dem colleague Ben Rathe had a less complementary description of Wylie, tweeting that he "thinks he's Edward Snowden, when he's actually Walter Mitty" - a reference to a fictional character with a vivid fantasy life.

2010 Bihar State Elections SCL India was asked to provide electoral research and strategy for the 2010 State Elections for the Janata Dal (United).

His message includes documents which indicate that SCL India boasted of a database of "over 600 districts and 7 lakh villages, which is constantly being updated". "Who was the NRI businessman who hired Cambridge Analytica in the run-up to 2014 polls to manufacture false surveys, to ask leading questions and to bring down the government?", Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, according to the Economic Times.

He also revealed that CA has offices and employees working in India in different places.

"I don't remember a national project, but I know regionally", he added.

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2009 National Elections In the 2009 general elections, SCL India managed the campaign of anumber of Lok Sabha candidates.

Wylie is the whistle blower on Cambridge Analytica's alleged misuse of political data for political campaigns. Rai said Wylie's documents, part of a promotional brochure to gain more business, show that SCL is claiming work that Rai and others had done independently before meeting Nix.

Christopher Wiley, who came forward with claims about use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, testified before a British committee on Tuesday.

"It is wrong to suggest that Cambridge Analytica's earlier relationship with Aggregate IQ implies that we were involved with their work for Vote Leave". Having covered the Bihar 2015 elections, and having interacted with the IPAC social media team that worked on it, this writer can say without doubt that Amrish Tyagi, OVL or any third company had nothing to do with Nitish Kumar or Lalu Yadav's social media campaign.

In the second episode of the BBC documentary titled "The Persuasion Machine" Bartlett is seen entering the London office of Cambridge Analytica, as he enters the cabin of the CEO, Nix is seen standing up and shaking his hand, behind him hangs a framed poster with hand symbol of Congress party on the wall.

It has emerged the company was sold the 50 million Facebook profiles, data harvested by an app masquerading as a personality quiz. "We shall use it, including summoning you in India", Prasad had said.

A non-partisan watchdog group has filed complaints with the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission alleging that the data firm Cambridge Analytica violated US election law by having foreign nationals involved in the decisions of political committees.

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