April 17, 2018 / 1:00 PM / 5 months ago

Suspended Cambridge Analytica CEO Nix cancels UK parliamentary appearance

LONDON (Reuters) - The suspended CEO of Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy at the centre of a scandal over the use of Facebook data, has cancelled an appearance before British lawmakers, the chairman of a parliamentary committee said on Tuesday.

Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica arrives at the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London, Britain, March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Alexander Nix had been due to testify on Wednesday.

“His legal representation has said that he’s now not able to give evidence to the committee tomorrow, as a consequence of him having been served an information notice, and being subject to a criminal investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office,” Damian Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said at a session of the committee.

“We do not accept Mr Nix’s reason for not appearing in a public session before the Committee,” he added in an emailed statement. “There is therefore no legal reason why Mr Nix cannot appear.”

Collins said he was considering a formal summons for Nix, and he hoped to provide an update on a date for a new hearing early next week.

Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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