A criminal investigation will be requested to determine what criminal acts were committed by who in the Cambridge Analytica (CA) matter.
Former CA employee Christopher Wylie recently revealed in a book that T&T was a testing ground in the data mining and analysis initiative that was allegedly eventually used in the US Presidential Election and UK Brexit Vote.
Mr Wylie also claimed that the data mining may have been a breach of citizens’ privacy, and was done with the blessing of the then Government (People’s Partnership), for political ends.
During a media conference today, National Security Minister Stuart Young named several UNC members, including a current MP and Senator, who he says met and organized to acquire data from state entities.
CA was also allegedly permitted to monitor the browsing information of T&T citizens.
In addition to a local criminal investigation, Mr Young says there will also be international recourse, spearheaded by the Attorney General.
Meanwhile when asked by a reporter about the fate of the data acquired, Mr Young says he too wants answers.
What is Cambridge Analytica?
Cambridge Analytica Ltd was a British political consulting firm which combined data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis with strategic communication during the electoral processes.
It was started in 2013 as an offshoot of the SCL Group.
The company was shut down in 2018 following the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal, which revealed that it had been harvesting the personal data from millions of people via their Facebook profiles, without their consent.
This information was then used for political advertising purposes.