In a notice posted on Saturday, the ICO said that it had "served a legal notice on SCL Elections Ltd", the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, "ordering it give an academic all the personal information the company holds about him". "There's a lot of questions that no one has been able to answer until now so hopefully this will be a major breakthrough in our understanding of what it did".
Carroll first submitted a request to Cambridge Analytica for his data in January 2017, at which point SCL Group requested that he submit a 10 pound fee and proof of identity in order to obtain such information.
There are 3 comments on the Yahoo! story from 16 hrs ago, titled UK Watchdog Orders Cambridge Analytica To Surrender All Info On US Voter.
Professor David Carroll has been waiting for the information he requested since before the Cambridge Analytica scandal became well-known. The case may only cover one person - but if Carroll gets his way, that means up to 240 million other US users could demand to see the personal information Cambridge Analytica has been storing through the UK's legal process, The Guardian reports.
"The company has consistently refused to cooperate with our investigation into this case and has refused to answer our specific enquiries in relation to the complainant's personal data", Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said.
Cambridge Antalytica's bankruptcy filing comes after the company admitted making mistakes over the misuse of data harvested from Facebook accounts.
Steve Bannon, Trump's former chief strategist and an influential force on his campaign team, oversaw Cambridge Analytica. Despite the Company's precarious financial condition, Cambridge Analytica intends to fully meet its obligations to its employees, including with respect to notice periods, severance terms, and redundancy entitlements. The information ordered to be released includes information on what the firm did with the voter's data and where it got it. In mid-March, news emerged that the developer of a third-party Facebook app had gathered data on more than 80 million users of the social network and had broken Facebook's rules by handing the info to CA.
This information is said to have been used to help the Brexit campaign in the UK.
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