Published On: Sat, Apr 7th, 2018

Facebook reportedly suspends AggregateIQ over tie to crude data-sharing

AggregateIQ, a Canadian promotion tech and assembly comprehension company, has been dangling by Facebook for allegedly being closely connected with SCL, a primogenitor association of Cambridge Analytica, reported a National Observer.

News pennyless late final month that AIQ, that was deeply concerned with (and handsomely paid by) pro-Leave Brexit groups, was not a eccentric Canadian information attorney it claimed to be. Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower who blew a lid off a Cambridge Analytica story, explained it frankly to The Guardian:

Essentially it was set adult as a Canadian entity for people who wanted to work on SCL projects who didn’t wish to pierce to London. That’s how AIQ got started: creatively to use SCL and Cambridge Analytica projects.

AIQ has confirmed that it has operated independently. Dogged denials seem on a webpage:

AggregateIQ has never been and is not a partial of Cambridge Analytica or SCL. Aggregate IQ has never entered into a agreement with Cambridge Analytica . Chris Wylie has never been employed by AggregateIQ. AggregateIQ has never managed, nor did we ever have entrance to, any Facebook information or database allegedly achieved improperly by Cambridge Analytica.

But a stating in a Guardian creates these claims tough to take seriously. For instance, a first member was listed on Cambridge Analytica’s website as operative during “SCL Canada,” a association had no website or phone series of a possess for some time, and until 2016, AIQ’s usually customer was Cambridge Analytica. It unequivocally looks as if AIQ is simply a Canadian bombard underneath that operations could be pronounced to be achieved eccentric of CA and SCL.

Whatever a inlet of a connection, it was convincing adequate for Facebook to put them in a same bucket. The association pronounced in a matter to a National Observer:

In light of new reports that AggregateIQ might be dependent with SCL and may, as a result, have improperly perceived (Facebook) user data, we have combined them to a list of entities we have dangling from a height while we investigate.

That will put a check on SCL Canada’s work for a bit — it’s tough to do amicable media targeting work when you’re not authorised on a premises of a biggest amicable network of them all. Note that no specific indiscretion on AIQ’s partial is suggested — it’s adequate that it may be affiliated with SCL and as such may have had entrance to a unwashed data.

I’ve asked both companies for acknowledgment and will refurbish this post if we hear back.

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