Cambridge Analytica ex-boss banned from running companies

The former boss of Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a scandal over how it obtained Facebook users’ private data, has been banned from holding company directorships for seven years

Cambridge Analytica and other connected firms under Nix's leadership filed for bankruptcy in 2018.

A statement from the Insolvency Service said Thursday that investigators’ enquiries confirmed that “SCL Elections had repeatedly offered shady political services to potential clients over a number of years.”

“The unethical services offered by the companies included bribery or honey trap stings, voter disengagement campaigns, obtaining information to discredit political opponents and spreading information anonymously in political campaigns,” the statement said.

“Alexander Nix’s actions did not meet the appropriate standard for a company director and his disqualification from managing limited companies for a significant amount of time is justified in the public interest,” said chief investigator Mark Bruce.