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Before Elections, Dutch Fear Russian Meddling, but Also U.S. Cash - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2017-03-07
While France bars contributions from businesses, loans are allowed. A Russian bank made headlines in recent years after lending millions of euros to the far-right National Front party of Marine Le Pen. After that bank failed last year, the party complained that it had been shunned by French banks and declared itself in the market for a new lender. If nothing else, European far-right parties are gaining newly emboldened allies. “I expect the Trump administration to be more open to these part...
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Boss at centre of data row tells British MPs he has been ‘victimised’ | Irish Examiner

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
The former boss of Cambridge Analytica has claimed his company has been “victimised” by a liberal backlash against Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Alexander Nix was suspended as the data analysis firm’s chief executive after being filmed discussing the use of prostitutes and bribes in honey-traps to discredit politicians, and later resigned amid claims of the misuse of Facebook users’ personal information in the Trump campaign. Giving evidence to a British parliamentary committee, ...
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Cambridge Analytica founders behind new London-based data processing company - AOL

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
The founders and funders of controversial election consultants Cambridge Analytica are behind a new company registered in London appearing to offer similar services. Executives at Cambridge Analytica (CA) and parent company SCL Group registered Emerdata Limited as a data processing company last summer but they have since listed directors linked to private military contractors, secretive political meetings and the Trump administration. Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer, daughters of the billionair...
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AggregateIQ, Canadian data firm at centre of global controversy, was hired by clients big and small - The Globe and Mail

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Publication Date: 2018-04-16
AggregateIQ, the Victoria consultancy that was suspended by Facebook amid controversy over its role in political campaigns in Britain and elsewhere, worked on a range of smaller elections in Canada – including an ill-fated comeback last year by a former mayor in Newfoundland. A list of AggregateIQ’s Canadian clients is detailed in files uncovered online in late March by UpGuard Inc. The U.S. cybersecurity consulting firm discovered some of the inner workings of AggregateIQ after the B.C. com...
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Exposed: Undercover secrets of Trump’s data firm – Channel 4 News

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Publication Date: 2018-03-20
An investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran ‘all’ of President Trump’s digital campaign – and may have broken election law. As the report went on air, the firm announced it has suspended chief executive Alexander Nix, pending a full investigation. An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran key parts of the presidential campaign for Donald Trump. The British data company was secretly filmed discus...
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Cambridge Analytica founders behind new London-based data processing company | Shropshire Star

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
The founders and funders of controversial election consultants Cambridge Analytica are behind a new company registered in London appearing to offer similar services. Executives at Cambridge Analytica (CA) and parent company SCL Group registered Emerdata Limited as a data processing company last summer but they have since listed directors linked to private military contractors, secretive political meetings and the Trump administration. Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer, daughters of the billionair...
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Cambridge Analytica chief accused of taking $8m before collapse

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Investors who backed a rebranding of Cambridge Analytica are in a stand-off with former chief executive Alexander Nix after he allegedly withdrew more than $8 million (€7.1 million ) from the scandal-hit data firm shortly before it collapsed. Several people involved in the dispute told the Financial Times the withdrawal came shortly after Mr Nix learned British media was reporting on allegations about his company’s role in a massive leak of Facebook user data in March. Mr Nix did not respond...
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Boss at centre of data row tells MPs he has been ‘victimised’ | Shropshire Star

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
The former boss of Cambridge Analytica has claimed his company has been “victimised” by a liberal backlash against Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Alexander Nix was suspended as the data analysis firm’s chief executive after being filmed discussing the use of prostitutes and bribes in honey-traps to discredit politicians, and later resigned amid claims of the misuse of Facebook users’ personal information in the Trump campaign. Giving evidence to a parliamentary committee, he admit...
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Cambridge Analytica boss spars with MPs - BBC News

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Alexander Nix asked MPs to consider 'what happens if I was the victim?' The former chief of scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has refused to answer questions about the full extent of its use of Facebook-sourced data. Alexander Nix said that he could not do so while an inquiry by the Information Commissioner's office (ICO) was live. He also accused the watchdog of "abusing his parliamentary privilege" by using details revealed at an e...
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Cambridge Analytica chief 'withdrew $8m' from firm before its collapse | Daily Mail Online

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
The polo-loving boss of Cambridge Analytica has today said had got 'carried away' and was 'foolish' when he said his firm would use 'beautiful girls' to seduce politicians. Alexander Nix faced MPs and told them that an undercover film where he claimed Ukrainian prostitutes 'worked well' for honeytraps was a 'lie' to impress potential clients. Mr Nix was suspended as Chief Executive of CA in March after it emerged that it was mining Facebook accounts and selling the data on without permissio...
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Cambridge Analytica chief 'withdrew $8m' from embattled data firm shortly before its collapse - as he prepares to testify to MPs today over Facebook information-selling scandal

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© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Alexander Nic has been recalled to face MPs today over evidence he gave them in February and also faces new claims over $8million withdrawn from Cambridge Analytica as the Facebook crisis started The polo-loving boss of Cambridge Analytica has today been accused of withdrawing $8million from the firm before its collapse because of the Facebook data scandal. Alexander Nix is set to face MPs and may be asked about damaging new allegations about his h...
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Google Is in Europe’s Cross Hairs Again: DealBook Briefing - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
The bigger picture Google has been in the sights of the E.U. for some time. Last year, Ms. Vestager’s commission levied a record $2.7 billion fine over the company’s shopping comparison service. That didn’t do much to dent Google’s core businesses, but the Android case might be a different matter. But in pursuing a business so core to Google’s future, Ms. Vestager is again taking bold action against one of Silicon Valley’s most powerful titans. (Remember that she ordered Ireland to reclaim ...
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Social media giants should be forced to reveal political ad details, whistle-blower tells MPs - The Globe and Mail

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Publication Date: 2018-05-29
Open this photo in gallery Whistle-blower Christopher Wylie speaks in London, on March 26, 2018. Alastair Grant/The Canadian Press The Canadian whistle-blower at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica scandal says social media giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter should be forced to disclose all details related to political advertising. Christopher Wylie told MPs on Tuesday that this “simple solution” would go a long way toward addressing nefarious uses of social media in politics such a...

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