The fallout from the Facebook data breach is reaching international proportions, as the social media giant recently announced that it was suspending a Canadian data firm. A Facebook spokesperson claims that AggregateIQ (AIQ) improperly used data to influence the Brexit campaign. AIQ is a small data mining company located in Victoria, British Columbia. Officials say that The Vote Leave campaign paid AIQ $3.8 million (the equivalent of 2.7 euros) to improperly influence the 2016 European Union (EU) referendum in an effort to campaign for the UK to leave the EU.
AIQ denies any involvement with Cambridge Analytica or that it corroborated to receive users’ data. This unexpected announcement throws suspicion back to the theory that there was intense meddling during the Brexit campaign with the purpose of influencing the campaign. In addition to the allegations against AIQ, the Vote Leave group is also being implicated for donating sizable amounts of money to skate by campaign spending limits. Last November, the UK’s Electoral Commission opened an investigation into Vote Leave’s EU referendum spending.
In addition to the money donated by Vote Leave, officials claim that AIQ was given money by the Democratic Unionist Party and the Veterans for Britain group. In light of the suspension, Facebook will conduct internal reviews in an attempt to isolate the problem.
Facebook officials continue to assert their willingness to work regulatory authorities.