Cambridge Analytica shuts down — and Emerdata is open for business!

❝ Embattled psychographics firm Cambridge Analytica and its affiliated company SCL Elections announced on 2 May 2018 they will file for insolvency following scandal over its misuse of millions of Facebook users’ data in relation to consequential elections.

Some of the firm’s key officials have migrated to a new company, Emerdata, even as questions remain about where that data might be. According to business filings in the UK, Cambridge Analytica funder Rebekah Mercer and her sister Jennifer are listed as Emerdata directors, as are former acting chief executive officers Alexander Tayler and Julian Wheatland.

Former CEO Alexander Nix was also listed as an Emerdata director, but resigned. Nix was suspended by Cambridge Analytica’s board after Britain’s Channel 4 published an undercover camera investigation in which he was caught discussing dirty election tricks like using sex workers to seduce and then blackmail candidates.

❝ New York-based investigative journalist Wendy Siegelman, who first reported on Emerdata, told us that some have expressed concern that closing some of the company’s operations could be an attempt to hinder access to data by investigators…

Like, um, CA is closed down. I guess we don’t need to keep any info anymore on who bought our dirty tricks albums, eh?

Thanks, Om Malik

Hugo Boss’ Link to the Nazi Regime

❝ Before Hugo Boss A.G. became known for classic men’s suits and flashy ties, the clothing manufacturer made uniforms for the Nazis, a company spokeswoman acknowledged today.

The company said it had become aware of the dealings with the Nazis after the name of its founder, Hugo Boss, who died in 1948, appeared on a list of dormant accounts released by Swiss bankers last month…

❝ ”Of course my father belonged to the Nazi Party,” Siegfried Boss, 83, said in the latest issue of the Austrian news weekly Profil. ”But who didn’t belong back then? The whole industry worked for the Nazi Army.”

Hugo Boss founded the textile factory in 1923, Ms. Steilen said. He joined the Nazi Party in 1931, and two years later, began manufacturing Nazi uniforms. Production continued throughout the war, and according to Profil, the company brought forced laborers from Poland and France to its factory to increase output in the later years.

Do you think it unlikely that, say, seventy-five years from now (or sooner) that legal historians will be taking apart relationships between the Right Wing of the Republican Party, the NRA, the Tea Party, Trump and other phonies pretending to be traditional fiscal conservatives?