The British government had three contracts in the past with Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL Group, that is, the company at the epicenter of a data-leakage with a bearing on the EU membership referendum.
Specifically, the company offered the Leave campaign its services.
During Prime Ministers’ questions on Wednesday, Theresa May admitted that Cambridge Analytica had a contract with the Ministry of Defence (2014-2015), the Home Office (2009) and the Foreign Office (2008-2009). That runs through the administrations of Gordon Brown (2009-2010) and David Cameron (2010-2016).
The British Prime Minister said that it is “absolutely right” that Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are investigated, while promising a new data protection bill.
Apparently, there are no current government contracts with Cambridge Analytica. The company has seen its public profile unravel, as a Channel 4 investigation revealed other questionable practices by the company, including smear campaigns and so-called “honey traps.”
The question came from the Scottish National Party – MP Ian Blackford – who pointed out that SCL is run by the chairman of the Oxford Conservative Association, a major donor of the party, and a former Member of Parliament.
In a brief statement, the Conservative Party made clear that Cambridge Analytica was never contracted for any campaign.