No sign of illegal co-ordination among Brexit campaigners - data firm

No sign of illegal co-ordination among Brexit campaigners - data firm

Reuters  | May 16, 2018 12:00

No sign of illegal co-ordination among Brexit campaigners - data firm

* AIQ worked with Vote Leave and other Brexit campaigners

* Vote Leave under investigation over campaign finances

* AIQ denies administrative links to Cambridge Analytica

By Alistair Smout

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) - A data firm that worked for several pro-Brexit organisations that are subject of a campaign funding inquiry said on Wednesday it saw no evidence of illegal co-ordination between the groups before the 2016 referendum.

Canadian-based AggregateIQ (AIQ) also denied it had any links to Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that allegedly improperly obtained the details of millions of Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) users.

Among AIQ's clients was Vote Leave, the official lead group that campaigned for Britain's exit from the European Union. The UK Electoral Commission is now investigating Vote Leave and other Brexit campaigners over a possible breach of campaign finance rules.

A legal opinion published by lawmakers also investigating the issue said that Vote Leave might have illegally coordinated the activities of smaller campaign groups. AIQ also worked for the smaller Brexit campaigns BeLeave and Veterans for Britain - as well as Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party which is not being investigated - chief operating officer Jeff Silvester said there was no sign of co-ordination between the groups.

"We have never thought that the work we did for any of our clients during the referendum was anything but above board - legally and ethically," Silvester said in written evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

"We have no reason to believe that there was any content shared between the campaigns we worked for, nor did we see any evidence of coordination."

The Electoral Commission fined another campaign group, Leave.EU, last week but found no evidence that Cambridge Analytica did paid work for it. in the United States and Britain are examining allegations of the improper use of data of 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by President Donald Trump's 2016 U.S. election campaign and pitched for work with Leave.EU.

Facebook's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer said in testimony to British lawmakers last month that the social media firm had found billing and administrative connections between Cambridge Analytica and AIQ.

"We don't know what they are referring to, and they have not provided this information to us," Silvester wrote.

Silvester also said that AIQ had never had access to the dataset compiled by Aleksander Kogan, who gave Cambridge Analytica the data at the centre of the scandal but has denied it would be useful for political campaigning. had also said that AIQ did not use data gathered by Kogan's app in the Brexit campaign.

Related News

Latest comments

Add a Comment
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.
Discussion
Write a reply...
Please wait a minute before you try to comment again.

Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information contained within this website including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible. Currency trading on margin involves high risk, and is not suitable for all investors. Trading or investing in cryptocurrencies carries with it potential risks. Prices of cryptocurrencies are extremely volatile and may be affected by external factors such as financial, regulatory or political events. Cryptocurrencies are not suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade foreign exchange or any other financial instrument or cryptocurrencies you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite.
Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures), Forex and cryptocurrencies prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn’t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.
Fusion Media may be compensated by the advertisers that appear on the website, based on your interaction with the advertisements or advertisers.

English (USA) English (UK) English (India) English (Australia) English (South Africa) Deutsch Español (España) Español (México) Français Italiano Nederlands Português (Portugal) Polski Português (Brasil) Русский Türkçe ‏العربية‏ Ελληνικά Svenska Suomi עברית 日本語 한국어 中文 香港 Bahasa Indonesia Bahasa Melayu ไทย Tiếng Việt
Sign out
Are you sure you want to sign out?
NoYes
CancelYes
Saving Changes

+