UPDATED 6:47 AM PT — Thurs. June 7, 2018
The former CEO of Cambridge Analytica recently confirmed that his company received data from its Facebook connection.
Alexander Nix said his company acquired Facebook user data from Alexander Kogan.
Nix made his revelation in a testimony before a British parliamentary committee on Wednesday.
Kogan — also known as Dr. Spectre — is a data scientist behind Facebook’s harvesting of personal information of at least 80 million users worldwide.
Previously, Cambridge Analytica denied receiving its data from Kogan.
“When I read the transcript it became clear that Mr. Collins was also asking about whether we had ever been supplied with such data — of course the answer to this question should have been ‘yes’, but my focus was on whether we still held the data from GSR research, which is the issue that Facebook had been most concerned about,” said Nix. “There was certainly no intention to mislead the committee.”
The former CEO’s remarks suggest the personal data of Facebook users was likely used for the purposes of political advertising.