House Dems seek answers from firm led by former Cambridge Analytica employee

House Dems seek answers from firm led by former Cambridge Analytica employee
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House Democrats want the head of a firm founded by a former Cambridge Analytica employee to verify that the new company, Data Propria, isn't engaged in improper data-harvesting practices.

“You have acknowledged in interviews with press that the work of Data Propria will be very similar to Cambridge Analytica,” the lawmakers wrote Thursday in a letter to Matt Oczkowski, the firm's president who's also former head of product at Cambridge Analytica. “The admitted overlap between the personnel and work of Cambridge Analytica and Data Propria raises serious concerns about Data Propria’s practices regarding the collection and use of Americans’ personal information.”

The firm is reportedly working with the Trump 2020 campaign.

The letter was signed by Energy and Commerce ranking member Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneNew Trump rule would weaken Obama methane pollution standards FCC watchdog clears chairman of 'favoritism' allegations over Sinclair deal GAO report blasts Trump's handling of ObamaCare MORE (N.J.) and Reps. Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleTwitter chief faces GOP anger over bias at hearing Live coverage: Social media execs face grilling on Capitol Hill House Dems press FCC chairman for answers on false cyberattack claim MORE (Pa.) and Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyTrump is wrong, Dems are fighting to save Medicare and Social Security Overnight Defense: Officials rush to deny writing anonymous op-ed | Lawmakers offer measure on naming NATO headquarters after McCain | US, India sign deal on sharing intel Dems plan resolution to withdraw US forces from Yemen civil war MORE (Ill.), the top Democrats on the Communications Technology Subcommittee and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, respectively.

The lawmakers are seeking information on what data, if any, the company received from Cambridge Analytica, and it marks the latest step by members of Congress to scrutinize Cambridge Analytica’s actions.

The firm, which was employed by the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, improperly harvested data on 87 million Facebook users leading up to the election.