Cambridge Analytica, a data firm linked to “Russia collusion” conspiracy theories involving the Brexit movement and President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, did not, in fact, collude with Russia or misuse Facebook data.
Democrats in the U.S. — and “Remain” holdouts in the United Kingdom — had claimed the firm abused users’ private Facebook data, and aided Russia. But a three-year investigation in the UK that concluded this week found otherwise.
As the Guardian (UK) reported:
The data watchdog has closed its investigation into Cambridge Analytica, concluding that the controversial data company did not directly misuse data to influence the Brexit referendum.
Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, said her team also found no evidence Cambridge Analytica aided Russian intervention in the UK political process. However, she warned that the company’s data protection practices were lax “with little thought for effective security measures” and its activities raised broader concerns about the influence