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 PalloneOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Obstacles remain for deal on surprise medical bills This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch MORE (N.J.) and Reps. Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleDemocrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Hillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference Reddit, Google to testify before House panel on tech's legal protections MORE (Pa.) and Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Progressives hope to avoid drug-pricing showdown with Pelosi | 'Medicare for All' backers get high-profile hearing | Dems take victory lap after eliminating drug protections in trade deal 'Medicare for All' backers notch win with high-profile hearing Democrats declare victory for eliminating drug protections in trade deal 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.