Report: Company Run by Former Cambridge Analytica Officials Working on Trump 2020 Effort

A data firm run by multiple ex-Cambridge Analytica officials is reportedly working on Trump 2020 efforts right now. Data Propria was founded by Matt Oczkowski, who worked with Cambridge until leaving last year, and in a recent interview, he said of the company’s big scandal, “When I first joined there, I legitimately believed in the offering and what they were trying to do. It’s unfortunate that some actions by a few actors at the senior level of the company reflected poorly on the entire company.” In that same interview, he also talked about Trump 2020 campaign manager (and Trump 2016 digital director) Brad Parscale, saying, “There are few people who understand middle America like we do.” Today there’s reporting from the Associated Press that Data Propria “has been quietly working” on the Trump 2020 efforts:
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Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Claims Steve Bannon Tried to Use Firm to Suppress Black Vote

  Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee who disclosed how the political consulting firm allegedly misused millions of people’s Facebook data, told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the company also engaged in efforts to discourage certain “targeted sections of the American population” from voting, CNN reports. During the hearing, Wylie claimed that former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was particularly interested in the tools Cambridge Analytica could offer to suppress voters. “Mr. Bannon sees cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics,” Wylie explained. “It was for this reason Mr. Bannon engaged SCL (Cambridge Analytica’s parent company), a foreign military contractor, to build an arsenal of informational weapons he could deploy on the American population.” He also said that the suppression efforts targeted the black community. “One of the things that provoked me to leave was discussions about ‘voter disengagement’ and Continue reading "Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Claims Steve Bannon Tried to Use Firm to Suppress Black Vote"

DOJ and FBI Reportedly Investigating Cambridge Analytica and ‘Associated U.S. Persons’

Remember Cambridge Analytica? Well, the data firm that shut down recently is back. Sort of. Per The New York Times, the company is under investigation:
The Justice Department and the F.B.I. are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct political data firm, and have sought to question former employees and banks that handled its business, according to an American official and other people familiar with the inquiry.
The firm––which first came under scrutiny for collecting data on millions of Facebook users––shut down earlier this month, citing a “siege of media coverage,” but there is now an “open investigation” into not just Cambridge Analytica, but “associated U.S. persons.” Last month Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie said he’d be cooperating with the DOJ. Cambridge Analytica was hired by the Trump campaign in 2016 and Mark Zuckerberg issued multiple public apologies after the news about their collection of user data Continue reading "DOJ and FBI Reportedly Investigating Cambridge Analytica and ‘Associated U.S. Persons’"

Cambridge Analytica Announces It’s Shutting Down, Blames ‘Siege of Media Coverage’

Cambridge Analytica, the data firm that worked with Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign, is shutting down — and the U.K.-based company is blaming the media for its own inability to remain competitive in the global marketplace. The technology blog Gizmodo first reported Wednesday that the firm would cease its U.S. operations. Later, the Wall Street Journal reported the firm would shut down all of its offices. Cambridge Analytica had reportedly lost clients as legal bills piled up amid its involvement in the handling of Facebook user data. In a statement released Wednesday, Cambridge Analytica cited its recent problems regarding online user data: “Over the past several months, Cambridge Analytica has been the subject of numerous unfounded accusations and, despite the Company’s efforts to correct the record, has been vilified for activities that are not only legal, but also widely accepted as a standard component of online Continue reading "Cambridge Analytica Announces It’s Shutting Down, Blames ‘Siege of Media Coverage’"