Brittany Kaiser is the whistleblower whose experience following her time at Cambridge Analytica is shown in the Netflix Documentary, The Great Hack. She is the primary subject of the film, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Prior to the expose, she served as the Director of Business Development and was trained directly by Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix. While she was not privy to all the internal machinations of Cambridge Analytica’s activities as an employee of the company, she had access to many important and sensitive documents and communications, and was witness to a significant number of key meetings. She left the company in January 2018.
Brittany Kaiser decided to become a whistleblower for two reasons. Firstly, she wanted the truth about Cambridge Analytica and its activities to be exposed in the public domain. Secondly, she had come to the conclusion that the whole system of data brokerage was flawed and in contravention of fundamental human rights.
When controversy about the company’s practices broke in the news, Brittany agreed to a preliminary debriefing by The Guardian in March 2018 as part of the news organisation’s Cambridge Analytica Files investigation. She provided an initial selection of documents and information, which were the basis for a momentous story on Brexit, the Trump campaign, Facebook, and more.
Brittany’s experience with Cambridge Analytica has deepened her belief that people need and deserve greater rights over both the use and proceeds of their own data. She spends her time exploring ways to empower individuals to protect and take control of their digital rights, assets and identities for their own benefit.
Born in Houston, Texas, Brittany Kaiser grew up in Chicago and went to high school at Phillips Academy Andover. She went on to study at Edinburgh University, before earning post-graduate degrees in international relations at The University of Edinburgh (MA with honors), an LLM in international human rights law at the University of London Birkbeck College, and an Masters in Philosophy in international law and diplomacy at Middlesex University.
She is the founder of the #OwnYourData campaign and cofounder of the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA), a non-profit lobbying firm advancing legislative and policy reform to protect the rights of individuals to control their own digital assets. She believes corporations such as Facebook must change their terms and conditions to provide transparency, opt-in and property/monetization rights over the data produced on their platforms.
Brittany has joined the boards of over 10 ethical technology companies to help develop solutions that promote transparency, consent-based data sharing, data sovereignty, and cybersecurity.
She has also recently joined the board of The Centre for Data Privacy, which won the first case against Equifax, to help individuals protect their legal rights over their personal data and file for compensation for data breaches.
Brittany Kaiser is also the author of”Targeted: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower’s Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump and Facebook Broke Democracy”, published in October 2019 by Harper Collins.