Cambridge Analytica refused the allegation of breaking laws as part of its role in Facebook data scandal. The data analytics firm has posted a “series of facts,” challenging some of the accusations made against the company.
According to the statement, the data were licensed from General Science Research (GSR) that gained the data through a tool supplied by Facebook. Cambridge Analytica specifically said that it didn’t use the GSR data during the 2016 US election.
“Hundreds of data firms have utilized Facebook data in a similar fashion,” Cambridge Analytica said in its statement. “To be clear: Cambridge Analytica did not illegally or inappropriately collect or share data with anybody else.”
The reason behind releasing the statement is “to address and stem the flow of speculation and false accusations being made about the company.” Last month, the UK based political data analysis firm was banned by Facebook for wrongfully using data from the social network.
Besides, the company denied its role in the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign, saying that Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower in the case was not a Cambridge Analytica co-founder. Instead, he was an SCL contractor who doesn’t have any recent knowledge of what was happening.
No matter how accurate its rebuttal is, at this point, it’s really not in its hand. the politicians, as well as the regulators, will decide now who is wrong. And, it won’t be very shocking if they don’t show any sympathy to Cambridge Analytica.