Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Kamla denies UNC engaged services of controversial Cambridge Analytica

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has described as ‘fake news’ claims that the United National Congress (UNC) engaged the services of data mining company Cambridge Analytica, who is at the centre of an international personal data scandal.

She made the comment while addressing supporters during the United National Congress' (UNC) Monday Night Forum at the Las Lomas Government Primary School, Las Lomas on Monday.

Cambridge Analytica is accused of using massive amounts of data on 50 million Facebook users to formulate political advertising on the Donald Trump election campaign.

Cambridge Analytica’s website cites the UNC’s ‘Do So’ campaign as one of its cases studies, saying the company’s methods resulted in the People’s Partnership’s election victory.

Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General Stuart Young has since called on the UNC to explain what services the company provided and who paid for these services.

However, Persad-Bissessar dismissed the claims, saying it was a distraction.

She said contrary to newspapers reports the UNC ever engaged the services of the firm.

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“We have said that the Partnership Government, the UNC party, we have had no dealings, no engagement, no contracts with this SCL and Cambridge Analytica, I want to make that very clear. But Stuart Young and his puppets are peddling the misinformation every day in the newspaper. Don’t get distracted, I tell you tonight, we have never engaged the services of this company, never, before 2010, post 2010, before 2015, post 2015,” Persad Bissessar said.

The Opposition Leader therefore called on the government to provide what evidence it has to prove that the UNC party engaged the services of political consulting firm.

“I call upon Stuart Young and his puppets in the media, I call upon them to provide evidence, not old talk, provide evidence of what they are saying. And, they can’t do it because I tell you tonight there is none, we never engaged them,” Persad Bissessar said.

The Opposition Leader added that it was the PNM government under the Patrick Manning administration who contracted the services of the Mori Group.

She said when the People’s Partnership came into office it continued that contract.

 

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