American billionaire Peter Thiel’s company Palantir is linked with British data analytics company Cambridge Analytica that was involved in obtaining data from some 50 million Facebook users without authorization, former Cambridge Analytica employee Chris Wylie stated during his testimony to the UK parliament. According to the scandal whistleblower, Palantir’s senior staff members based in the United Kingdom were involved in the unauthorized collection of private data.
Palantir confirmed that in the period from 2013 until 2014 an employee of the company “engaged in an entirely personal capacity with people associated with Cambridge Analytica,” the New York Times reported. The firm added that it is “looking into this and will take appropriate actions.” Previously, Californian software company denied such allegations, stressing that: “Palantir has never had a relationship with Cambridge Analytica nor have we ever worked on any Cambridge Analytica data,” according to a report from TechCrunch.
“Palantir has never had a relationship with Cambridge Analytica. We were approached by individuals from Cambridge Analytica on multiple occasions, but we declined to move forward. As a matter of company policy, we do not and have never worked on or been involved with elections or political campaigns anywhere in the world. We learned today that an employee, in 2013-2014, engaged in an entirely personal capacity with people associated with Cambridge Analytica. We are looking into this and will take the appropriate action,” the full statement said.