Ex-Cambridge Analytica Exec Opens 'Ethical' Data Firm

 Ahmad Al-Khatib

Ahmad Al-Khatib

July 13, 2018 - Posted at MrWeb News Online: In the UK, former Cambridge Analytica (CA) exec Ahmad Al-Khatib [pictured] has launched an 'ethically based' data analytics business called Auspex International.

Earlier this year, CA was accused of illegally collecting Facebook profiles which could be matched to electoral rolls. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is currently investigating how data belonging to an estimated 87 million Facebook users was improperly accessed, and has fined Facebook £500k for its part in the CA data breach. 

Al-Khatib, who was previously a Director of CA parent company Emerdata, was hired by CA to rebrand the business before the data scandal broke. Positioning itself as a 'powerful agent of political and social change with the potential to deliver positive outcomes for millions', his new firm will focus on social and political campaigns in the Middle East and developing world. More...