Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix banned from running companies for 7 years
Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix has been banned from running or serving as a director of limited companies in Britain for 7 years, effective from 5 October 2020.
Nix was the director of six companies in total: SCL Elections Ltd, SCL Group Ltd, SCL Social Ltd, SCL Analytics Ltd, SCL Commercial Ltd, and Cambridge Analytica (UK) Ltd. These companies ceased trading after their publicity took a nosedive and they were forced to file for bankruptcy.
Nix is under fire for “bribery stings and honey-trap stings aimed at uncovering corruption, voter disengagement campaigns, obtaining information to discredit political opponents and spreading information anonymously in political campaigns,” according to a press release published by the UK government this morning.
This is the latest in a long string of repercussions for Cambridge Analytica. Unfortunately, the scandal is still far from over, and millions of people around the world are still experieincing the repercussions of the scandal.
And although Nix is under fire, it appears that other Cambridge Analytica employees have got away relatively scot-free.
Earlier this month, the Trump campaign was called out for hiring Cambridge Analytica alum to work on their campaign. Matt Oczkowski, who previously worked as head of product at Cambridge Analytica before it shut down in 2018, is reportedly helping to oversee the data program for the Trump campaign.
Cambridge Analytica was the company that targeted Facebook to help the British Conservative party win the Brexit vote. I recently reported on how the British prime minister’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, is using hidden contracts to funnel off post-Brexit border and customs data to Palantir, the big data analytics company owned by Peter Thiel. Despite there being no official contract between Cambridge Analytica and Thiel, he allegedly worked with Cambridge Analytica on the data that was acquired from Facebook.
Now that Nix has been banned from starting a company for the next few years, let’s wait and see how long it takes Cummings to swoop in and find him a job within the British government.