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Cambridge Analytica shuts, but will new firm Emerdata now offer election wins to highest bidder? — RT UK News

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The company at the heart of Facebook’s data harvesting scandal has filed for bankruptcy. But that doesn’t mean the UK firm’s executives and moneymen are simply riding off into the sunset. When news broke that Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, SCL Group, were to shut their doors and file for bankruptcy, little sympathy was found for the firms on social media. A company statement cited the “the siege of media coverage” in the wake of the scandal, which saw 87 million Facebook users ...
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Ex-Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix Claims He Is the Real Victim - Rolling Stone

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Alexander Nix, the ousted CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct data firm that worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential run, made his long-awaited return to Parliament on Wednesday. It was Nix's first appearance in front of U.K. lawmakers since Cambridge Analytica's allegedly illegal data practices were revealed to the world, sparking a global reckoning over how tech companies like Google and Facebook harvest, share and monetize the personal data of the billions of people who use thei...
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Emerdata: Basically Cambridge Analytica Rebranded | Metro US

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Publication Date: 2018-05-03
Boasting many of the same principals as Cambridge Analytica, that company's announced "shutdown" looks a lot like a renaming. And the timing is suspicious. Yesterday, it was reported that Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-connected data-mining firm that improperly accessed Facebook data of 87 million people, was shutting down. But "shutting down" may not mean much — many of that company's principal players are associated with a new data company called Emerdata. What is Emerdata? Emerdata was ...
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Cambridge Analytica's CEO allegedly took $8 million from the firm before its closure

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
Reuters Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix allegedly withdrew more than $8 million from the British data firm before its collapse last month. The Financial Times, citing sources, reported that Nix took the cash shortly after media reports of Cambridge Analytica's involvement in the Facebook data scandal. He is now in dispute with investors over returning the money, which was reportedly intended to help get successor data firm, Emerdata, off the ground. Nix told British lawma...
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Inside Cambridge Analytica, Few Knew How Soon the End Would Come

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Illustration: Angelica Alzona/Gizmodo Sitting with a friend in a bar in mid-March, a former Cambridge Analytica employee said he was having a beer when someone texted him Facebook’s announcement that it was kicking the data firm off its platform “pending further information.” “I just remember thinking, ‘Oh my God,’” he told Gizmodo. “This is going to be insane.” “I was like, ‘Man, what am I going to do?’” the former employee continued. “I won’t say the writing was on the wall, I didn’t nece...
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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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Christopher Wylie reacts to Cambridge Analytica closing

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Christopher Wylie reacts to Cambridge Analytica closing copied! Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie joins Morning Joe upon the announcement the company is ceasing operations and filing for bankruptcy. Wylie also discusses new company Emerdata. Read More
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Justice Department and F.B.I. Are Investigating Cambridge Analytica - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2018-05-15
WASHINGTON — 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. Prosecutors have questioned potential witnesses in recent weeks, telling them that there is an open investigation into Cambridge Analytica — which worked on President Trump’s election and other Republican camp...
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Cambridge Analytica executives and Mercer family launch Emerdata - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
The power players behind Cambridge Analytica have set up a new company — and the daughters of Donald Trump-supporting billionaire Robert Mercer have just joined as directors. Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer joined Emerdata on March 16, but it is shrouded in mystery. Alexander Nix, the suspended CEO of Cambridge Analytica, is also a director, as well as other executives from parent firm SCL Group. Emerdata also lists Johnson Chun Shun Ko, a Chinese executive from Frontier Services Group, the mi...
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Cambridge Analytica Revenue Fell as Questions About Data Tactics Surfaced - WSJ

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Cambridge Analytica LLC enjoyed good results for 2016, when it worked for the campaign that helped to elect President Donald Trump, but its business declined sharply in the next year as questions mounted about its tactics. Revenue at the data-mining company was only about $5 million in 2017, after topping $25 million a year earlier, according to new bankruptcy-court records. Cambridge—facing...
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Google Canada rejects allegations it's mismanaging user data | CBC News

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The former head of Research in Motion warned government officials today of the risks of failing to regulate tech giants, while Google Canada's head of public policy rejected allegations the company is failing to transparently and securely manage data. "It's a complex issue because this is the biggest force in the history of capitalism, where six companies come from nowhere to be the most valuable companies in the world in a very short period of time," Jim Balsillie, chair of the Council of C...
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Goodbye Cambridge Analytica, hello Emerdata?

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Publication Date: 2018-05-03
Hope you're not planning to come back under a different guise... The Wall Street Journal reports that Cambridge Analytica, the shady firm at the centre of the recent Facebook data scandal, is shutting down. Cambridge Analytica, which specialises in the rather creepy field of “psychographic” profiling, acquired the data of more than 50 million Facebook users via an illegitimate route. The company acquired the information without the knowledge of Facebook users who ran a personality quiz app ...
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Alexander Nix took $8 million from Cambridge Analytica, reports the FT - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix allegedly withdrew more than $8 million from the British data firm before its collapse last month. The Financial Times, citing sources, reported that Nix took the cash shortly after media reports of Cambridge Analytica's involvement in the Facebook data scandal. He is now in dispute with investors over returning the money, which was reportedly intended to help get successor data firm, Emerdata, off the ground. Nix told British lawmakers on Wedne...
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Cambridge Analytica Backers Already Set Up New Data Co, Emerdata

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
It's unclear what UK-based Emerdata does, but the Mercers are involved, along with Cambridge Analytica executives and Betsy DeVos's brother. Rebekah Mercer, right, with presidential advisers Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon and Trump aide Hope Hicks at Donald Trump's inauguration. Days after revelations about how Cambridge Analytica misused Facebook data to manipulate users during the 2016 presidential election, leading to the suspension of the company's CEO, a new report says the pro-Trum...
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Cambridge Analytica founder says no rebranding under a new name - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2018-05-08
The founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, Nigel Oakes, told Bloomberg on Tuesday the firm won't be rebranding under a new company called Emerdata. Emerdata, the mysterious data firm featuring several top Cambridge Analytica executives, is under the control of a court appointed administrator in the U.K., Oakes said. Oakes did not say what will happen to Cambridge Analytica's data. The founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Group, says the controversial data analyt...
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Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy amidst “siege” of negative attention | Ars Technica

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Cambridge Analytica LLC, the American arm of the London-based data analytics firm of the same name, filed for bankruptcy in federal court in New York on Friday. The company submitted a voluntary formal petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy—liquidation. That document reveals the company has between $1 and $10 million in debt with very little assets. On May 2, SCL Elections Ltd. and its other British affiliates filed similar "insolvency" documents with UK authorities. It was revealed last month t...
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Cambridge Analytica Chief ‘Withdrew $8M’ From Company Linked To Trump’s Wealthy Supporters

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
The former chief executive of Cambridge Analytica allegedly withdrew $8 million from the data consulting firm before it shut down in the wake of Facebook data breach scandal. The Financial Times on Wednesday reported that Alexander Nix banked the money for "unbooked services" after the first media reports in March revealed that London-based Cambridge Analytica had illicitly harvested 87 million Facebook accounts to target voters during Donald Trump's successful 2016 presidential campaign. Ca...
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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata • The Register

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Publication Date: 2018-05-02
The company formerly known as Cambridge Analytica shocked the media today when it announced an immediate shutdown and liquidation of its business. That "shutdown," however, may be short-lived as official documents indicate those behind the controversial analytics company will be launching as a new firm with a less-toxic brand. The surprise announcement came on Wednesday evening, when the UK-based Cambridge Anal., and its parent organization SCL Elections, stated it would enter insolvency pr...
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Cambridge Analytica CEO Allegedly Sent $8.2Mln to His Other Firm - Shareholders - Sputnik International

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Cambridge Analytica data mining company has shut down amid a scandal over the personal information of about 50 million users it gathered from Facebook in order to allegedly influence some significant votes, including the 2016 US Presidential election and the Brexit referendum. Some of the Cambridge Analityca shareholders told the Financial Times newspaper on Wednesday, that the firm's head Alexander Nix allegedly withdrew $8.2 million right after the first publications about the misue of use...
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Cambridge Analytica-linked firm held data-gathering op for foreign intel in Yemen – Max Blumenthal — RT World News

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Cambridge Analytica’s parent company gathered data for Western spy agencies to single out men with jihadist sentiments as a part of “counter-insurgency” operation, journalist Max Blumenthal told RT. While the Cambridge Analytica scandal is still making waves, it has emerged that its parent company, Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), conducted research for foreign intelligence in Yemen in 2009 under its Project Titania. Hired staffers were tasked with making a psychological portrait ...
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Black voters suppressed by Bannon using Cambridge Analytica | Metro US

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Publication Date: 2018-05-17
Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-aligned data firm which was found to have improperly harvested personal data from 87 million Facebook users, and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon worked to suppress the black vote in the 2016 election, a former employee told Congress on Wednesday. Christopher Wylie, an ex-employee of Cambridge Analytica who blew the whistle on the company's misuse of Facebook, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the company offered strategies to discourage certain segment...
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Cambridge Analytica is out of business, but its heavy hitters have reopened under a new name / Boing Boing

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Publication Date: 2018-05-02
Cambridge Analytica is out of business, but its heavy hitters have reopened under a new name Cambridge Analytica may be out of business thanks to bad publicity, but "Emerdata" is a new company, whose board includes the daughters of Robert Mercer, who bankrolled Cambridge Analytica; disgraced former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix is on its board of directors, and much of Cambridge Analytica's C-suite has packed up their desks and moved into the Emerdata offices. The company was formed...
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Cambridge Analytica connections to new company Emerdata raise concerns of a 'hydra beast' resurrection - One World Identity

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Publication Date: 2018-05-04
Just days after Cambridge Analytica announced it would be closing its doors, a new report reveals ties between the data collection political outfit and another company called Emerdata, raising concerns that the same company could simply reemerge under a new name. Lawmakers and former employees of Cambridge Analytica tipped the Financial Times off to its ties to Emerdata, including the same registered address in London, and the same board of directors. The revelations led Damian Collins, cha...
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Tales of the scary data lifecycle: Cambridge Analytica and Emerdata | ZDNet

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Video: A violation of trust: Where Facebook and Cambridge Analytica went wrong When salacious tales of Cambridge Analytica's activities emerged in 2018, we thought the company was finished. The many on-air discussions of illegal activities, law enforcement warrants, legal action threats from partners, and questionable ethics had appeared to doom them. We then saw multiple suspensions and resignations, and on May 2, 2018 Cambridge Analytica announced it would file for bankruptcy. For a brief ...
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Cambridge Analytica to File for Bankruptcy After Misuse of Facebook Data - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2018-05-02
The embattled political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica announced on Wednesday that it would cease most operations and file for bankruptcy amid growing legal and political scrutiny of its business practices and work for Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign. The decision was made less than two months after Cambridge Analytica and Facebook became embroiled in a data-harvesting scandal that compromised the personal information of up to 87 million people. Revelations about the misuse of d...
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Cambridge Analytica's CEO allegedly took $8 million from the firm before its closure

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Alexander Nix, the former CEO of Cambridge Analytica. Reuters The former CEO of Cambridge Analytica allegedly withdrew more than $8 million (£6 million) from the British data firm before its collapse last month. The Financial Times reported on Wednesday that Alexander Nix is in dispute with investors after he allegedly walked away with the cash, while Cambridge Analytica staff and investors salvaged little or nothing from the company's closure. Specifically, the FT said, the dispute is wit...
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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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Report: Cambridge Analytica Director Had Post-Election Visit With Assange – Talking Points Memo

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Brittany Kaiser, then a director at the data firm Cambridge Analytica, is said to have met with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to discuss the results of the 2016 election, the Guardian reported Wednesday. Kaiser also reportedly claimed to have funneled cryptocurrency to Wikileaks. The paper reported that the information had been passed along to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in the United Kingdom. Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander...
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The Cambridge Analytica power players set up a mysterious new data firm — and they could use it for a 'Blackwater-style' rebrand

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Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix. Reuters The power players behind Cambridge Analytica set up a mysterious new data firm last year — and there is speculation that it could be used a rebrand vehicle after Cambridge Analytica was shut down. Business Insider reported earlier this year that Emerdata was incorporated in August 2017 by executives at Cambridge Analytica, which was abruptly shuttered on Wednesday. Citing two sources familiar with the plans, The New York Times reported ...
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The rebirth of Cambridge Analytica

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Publication Date: 2018-05-12
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA, the data [VIDEO]driven company that was shown to be breaking the law through their use of personal data that was obtained wrongfully in both moral and legal standings, shut down recently citing the loss of clients after the Facebook scandal. But there are suggestions that this could be a ruse to then resume operations under a different guise. There were suggestions in the Guardian that the company could re-emerge because the leaders of Cambridge Analytica formed a comple...

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