Wylie said he began to realize the impact of the company's work when Trump won the 2016 US presidential election, and shortly after Trump's inauguration, he reached out to a reporter at The Guardian, initially as an anonymous source.
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, it said.
On Sunday, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg in ads in national newspapers in the US 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".
Christopher Wylie told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that it was "completely reasonable" to say that there may have been a different outcome in the referendum had there not been what he dubbed "cheating".
The BJP attacked the Congress for teaming up with Cambridge Analytica for doing similar work during elections in India while the Congress blamed the BJP and Nitish Kumar's JD (U) for taking their help in various state elections starting from 2010. 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.
Cambridge Analytica also swiftly denied any links to the Israeli firm, saying in a statement Tuesday that it "has never worked with or been in contact with Black Cube in any capacity". "He was not, as he claims, a founder of Cambridge Analytica", the firm added.
"Aggregate IQ has never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL", the company has stated. "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 U.S., dating back to 2014, using an app developed by Cambridge psychologist Aleksandr Kogan.
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He said the Tel Aviv-based company was hired to "hack the now-president [Muhammadu] Buhari to get access to his medical records and private emails".
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Wylie told committee members that he "absolutely" believed that AggregateIQ had drawn on Cambridge Analytica's databases for its work on the European Union referendum. During his testimony, Wylie alleged that senior figures in Vote Leave had used BeLeave to "launder" money.
"You can't have targeting software that doesn't access the database".
"AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates", the company said in a statement.
"I believe I have some documentation on India which I can also provide to the committee", said Wylie to the committee.
"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". "This was a breach of trust, and I am sorry", the back-page ads said.