Cambridge Analytica saw suspension from Facebook over data scandal, and now another data firm is seeing suspension. Facebook announced that it has suspended Canadian data firm AggregateIQ.
Per statement given to The Guardian, Facebook said “In light of recent reports that AggregateIQ may be affiliated with (CA parent company) SCL and may, as a result, have improperly received FB user data, we have added them to the list of entities we have suspended from our platform while we investigate.”
Former CA employee Christopher Wylie has claimed that he assisted in setting up the company and his lawyers have said that it received payment from the Vote Leave campaign in ways that exceeded spending limits.
The following statement is what was posted on Aggregate IQ’s website:
AggregateIQ is a digital advertising, web and software development company based in Canada. It is and has always been 100% Canadian owned and operated. AggregateIQ has never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL. Aggregate IQ has never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica. Chris Wylie has never been employed by AggregateIQ.
AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates. It has never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity. All work AggregateIQ does for each client is kept separate from every other client.
AggregateIQ has never managed, nor did we ever have access to, any Facebook data or database allegedly obtained improperly by Cambridge Analytica.
Here it is. The screenshot that got scrubbed from history. This was deleted from AIQ's site after we put our questions to it. pic.twitter.com/xPc2AfPaGR
— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) April 6, 2018