Facebook suspends Canadian consulting company

Apr

8

2018

in the context of Cambridge scandal
Facebook also suspends AggregateIQ, a political consultancy firm from Canada, after Cambridge Analytica. That company would have links with Cambridge Analytica and its parent company SCL and might also have received Facebook data without permission, according to Facebook.

Facebook is conducting an investigation into the Canadian company, according to the Canadian National Observer . The whistleblower who originally published the story about Cambridge Analytica also claims that this company used the Facebook data to help influence public opinion about the Brexit referendum. That is what a whistleblower claims from within the Brexit campaign. AggregateIQ denies that it has any links with Cambridge Analytica and its parent company SCL and that it had the data of Cambridge in its hands.

The newspaper also reports that the Canadian privacy authorities are looking into the company and finding out whether the company has violated privacy laws or used certain data unauthorized. They do not want to comment on ongoing investigations.

Earlier in March, the story came about that the British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica had received a dataset that contained data from 50 million Facebook users without permission. This happened via a Facebook app that collected the data of its users, but also of their friends. The data would have been used in the Donald Trump election campaign. This data would also be shared with AggregateIQ, who used it again for the Leave campaign of the Brexit referendum.

According to estimates, the Cambridge Analytica dataset contains the data of 2.7 million EU citizens , 90,000 of whom are Dutch . Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meanwhile preparing for his testimony before the US Congress, which is going to question him about his involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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