Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi’s son Amrish has denied any link with the tainted data firm Cambridge Analytica, which is accused of fetching details of 50-million users from social networking site Facebook to influence the US Presidential elections.
He said that his data firm Ovleno Business Intelligence was “never associated with Cambridge Analytica”.
“Any work of any nature, if any, undertaken by CA cannot be read against OBI. We would like to make it clear that OBI was never associated with CA,” said Amrish in a statement and added that, “At the time of its incorporation neither of its directors had undertaken any work of political nature”.
Amrish is the managing director of Ovleno Business Intelligence (OBI), which is an Indian affiliate of CA’s parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories.
On 28 March, whistleblower Christopher Wylie had exposed more details in connection with Cambridge Analytica’s activities in India, a day after disclosing that the Congress was a client of Cambridge Analytica.
In the latest revelation, Wylie has named Janata Dal (United) as one of the clients of the Cambridge Analytica.
In a tweet, Wylie, who is a former Cambridge Analytica employee, added three documents and wrote, “Yes SCL/CA works in India and has offices there. This is what modern colonialism looks like.”
Wylie added that the Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), Cambridge Analytica’s parent firm, has a database of seven lakh villages in 600 districts of India which is constantly updated. He further claimed that the company has been conducting caste census and campaigning for political parties in India since 2003.
On 27 March, Wylie had alleged that the company had worked extensively in India and believed it was employed by the Congress party.
“They (Cambridge Analytica) worked extensively in India. They have an office in India. I believe their client was Congress, but I know that they have done all kinds of projects. I don’t remember a national project but I know regionally. India’s so big that one state can be as big as Britain. But they do have offices there, they do have staff there,” the 28-year-old had said.