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30 March, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Larry Hoffman
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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 U.S. presidential election and the Brexit referendum in 2016. He said that Cambridge Analytica was also used in countries that are struggling democracies, which he called "an example of what modern-day colonialism looks like".

Cambridge Analytica's parent firm is Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL).

The earliest work referred to was during the 2003 Rajasthan elections, when it carried out two pieces of work focused on a "major State" party's "organisational strength" and also the voting population, including their attitudes and behaviour.

FILE - Indian Congress party president Rahul Gandhi addresses the 48th Congress plenary session in New Delhi, India, Saturday, March 17, 2018.

"They (Cambridge Analytica) worked extensively in India". "Yes, SCL/CA works in India and has offices there". But I know that they have done all kinds of projects.

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Wylie tweeted that he had been getting a lot of requests from Indian journalists to disclose SCL's past projects in India.

Last week, a spokesperson for the State Department, confirmed that SCL had a contract worth $500,000 with the State Department's Global Engagement Center (GEC), whose duties have included waging a social media war against the Islamic State (IS) group.

Wylie said that it was possible for Cambridge Analytica to create a psychological profile of a person more prone to a certain idea or conspiracy theories, and then target them with advertising.

"They were very secretive and guarded when it came to their database", George said. However, as Recode notes, the Cambridge Analytica leak was not through a Partner Categories association, but rather because a developer chose to sell user information to a third party.

According to the company's executives, the firm has worked in more than 200 elections around the world. 2003 Madhya Pradesh election Psephological study and opinion polling for a national party to identify swing voters, analysis of behavioural dynamics at work in key seats which in turn informed the party's efforts to ensure to local structure and communication strategy that matched the caste make-up.

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A report in the Bucharest Herald at the time of his death said he was a 32 year-old LSE graduate, who had coordinated election campaigns in Europe, Africa and the US.

Dehaye, who is the co-founder of Personal.Data.IO, said Muresan worked simultaneously on projects in Kenya and India.

Wylie, who exposed the data breach scandal involving Facebook, attached a document to his Twitter post, detailed the company's India operations, a day after his testimony to the United Kingdom parliament.

More recently, media reports have noted that Cambridge Analytica representatives held meetings with top BJP and Congress leaders to secure a deal for the upcoming 2019 elections.

In addition to this, Facebook has promised that once its investigation is complete, it will start notifying users of the social network service whose data may have been compromised in the Cambridge Analytica controversy. He contends that the data of 50 million Facebook users was harvested and used to "build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box", the Observer article said.

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