The offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London, after it was announced that Britain’s information commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search its computer servers on 20 March, 2018. Photo: AP
The offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London, after it was announced that Britain’s information commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search its computer servers on 20 March, 2018. Photo: AP

Canadian company worked on software to find Republican voters, says whistleblower

Canadian firm AggregateIQ worked on software called Ripon that was used to identify Republican voters ahead of the 2016 US presidential poll, says a whistleblower

London:A Cambridge Analytica whistleblower said on Tuesday that Canadian company AggregateIQ worked on software called Ripon which was used to identify Republican voters ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.

AggregateIQ did not immediately respond to request for comment on the remarks by Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower formerly of British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Wylie has previously disclosed how users’ data from Facebook was used by Cambridge Analytica to help elect US President Donald Trump.

“There’s now tangible proof in the public domain that AIQ actually built Ripon, which is the software that utilised the algorithms from the Facebook data," Wylie told the British Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

AggregateIQ told Reuters on March 24 that it had never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica nor ever entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica.

It said it works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements and had never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity. Reuters.

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