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Two years later, in 2015, a Guardian writer named Harry Davies reported that Cambridge Analytica had collected data on millions of American Facebook users without their permission, and used their likes to create personality profiles for the 2016 US election.
Sprinkled among those names are also key players from President Trump's 2016 digital team, including his former digital director and current campaign manager Brad Parscale, as well as several former executives of Cambridge Analytica, the now defunct consulting company, including its former CEO Alexander Nix, former business development director Brittany Kaiser, and Julian Wheatland, director of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Group.
Former SCL contractor Christopher Wylie blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica last March, telling *The Guardian* and *The New York Times* that the company misappropriated the data of tens of millions of Facebook users and used it for political purposes during the 2016 presidential election in the US.
Unlike with Cambridge Analytica, the Times says, Facebook provided access to its users’ data knowingly, and on a greater scale.Some companies, like Microsoft and its Bing search engine, had access to all a Facebook user's friends without consent.
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