Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower says Congress was client in India

Christopher Wylie, the whistle-blower who lifted the lid on political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of Facebook data, said on Monday that he believed the Congress was the company’s client in India though it also had worked on “all kinds of projects” in the country.

The whistleblower in the Cambridge Analytica (CA) data breach scandal told a Parliamentary Committee in UK that the Indian National Congress had hired the data consultancy firm. This comes as a huge embarrassment for the Congress party as it had earlier vehemently denied any connections with the firm which, along with social networking site Facebook, is in the spotlight for the global row over the alleged unauthorised access to personal data of the social media website’s users. Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had alleged that the Congress had engaged with Cambridge Analytica to run party president’s Rahul Gandhi’s election campaign.

Responding to a question on CA’s work in India by Labour’s Paul Farrelly, he said: “I believe their [CA’s] client was Congress, but I know that they’ve done all kinds of projects both regionally…I don’t remember a national project, I know regionally.