(May 2nd, 2018 )On Wednesday, the parent company of controversial data company Cambridge Analytica, SCL Group, said it has shut down all of its offices in the United States. The news was announced during a conference call led by Julian Wheatland, the current chairman of the SCL. Wheatland went on to cite the ongoing investigations into Cambridge Analytica’s massive data harvesting scandal, damage to the company’s reputation, and loss of clients as the main reasons for the shutdown. As of now, the future of Cambridge Analytica is said to be unclear.
The SCL Group managed the multi-million dollar “It’s Working” Campaign in 2010 and the 2015 Election Campaigns of the now Opposition Dr. Denzil Douglas-led SKN Labour Party. The Group orchestrated the elaborate now infamous multi-million entrapment video of then St.Kitts Opposition Party leader and now Minister of Tourism Hon. Lindsay Grant in 2010. Media reports also suggested that thr group engaged Israeli Cybersecurity Experts to hack the email and medical records of now Prime Minister of St.Kitts-Nevis Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris during the lead-up to the elections which saw the dynamic leader elected as the country’s 3rd Prime Minister in Feb 2015.
The Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas has remained mum on the SCL Group/Cambridge Analytica developments since the story broke that the company had long been using various unscrupolous tactics to undermine and manipulate elections.
Reports emerged recently that Cambridge Analytica had improperly used information from as many as 87 million accounts on the social network, prompting Facebook to suspend the U.K.-based company. Cambridge Analytica, which has ties to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign, denies any wrongdoing.
Most of the affected users are in the U.S., Facebook has previously said.
Earlier this week, Twitter said it sold data to GSR, former Cambridge Analytica employee’s Aleksandr Kogan business, giving GSR one-time access to its API (application programming interface) to a random sample of public tweets posted between December 2014 and April 2015.
In a statement to The Telegraph, Twitter said:
“Twitter has also made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned and operated by Cambridge Analytica. This decision is based on our determination that Cambridge Analytica operates using a business model that inherently conflicts with acceptable Twitter Ads business practices. Cambridge Analytica may remain an organic user on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules.”
Following the reports, Cambridge Analytica said that the data that Kogan purchased was never used by Cambridge.
“Cambridge Analytica has never received Twitter data from GSR or Aleksandr Kogan, and has never done any work with GSR on Twitter data,” the company tweeted on April 30. “GSR was only ever a contractor to Cambridge Analytica and we understand it did work for many other companies.”