WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (APRIL 7, 2018) (NBC) – Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower formerly of British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, said the number of people affected by the company’s misuse of Facebook data could be higher than the reported 87 million.
“The New York Times and The Guardian chose 50 million because it was the most conservative estimate. And it was the thing that they had the most amount of evidence to show. When I met with the British authorities earlier in the year, one of the things that I said is that actually, you know, the number is substantially more than that, you know, from my recollection,” Wylie told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ in a pre-recorded interview that aired on Sunday morning. (April 8).
British data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica is at the center of controversy in the United States and Britain after two newspapers reported last month that the company harvested personal data about Facebook users beginning in 2014.
Wylie told NBC News’ ‘Meet the Press’ that the leaked data could be stored in different parts of the world, including Russia.
“I think that there is, you know, a genuine-a genuine risk that this data has been accessed by quite a few people,” Wylie said
Cambridge Analytica was created around 2013 initially with a focus on U.S. elections, with $15 million in backing from billionaire Republican donor Robert Mercer and a name chosen by future Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon, the New York Times reported.