UK: Investigators raid Cambridge Analytica's offices

26 March, 2018, 02:32 | Author: Larry Hoffman
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India's information technology minister last week warned against any abuse of social media in elections, following reports that the analytics firm improperly accessed information on millions of Facebook users to target USA voters.

Investigators from the Information Commissioner's Office have searched the London offices of Cambridge Analytica and seized files and servers. The Congress then denied the allegation and claimed that the BJP and its current ruling ally in Bihar, JD (U), had engaged the data firm in elections, including in 2014.

It stems from claims over the harvesting of personal data - and whether it was used during Donald Trump's United States presidential campaign or the Brexit referendum.

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"This is just one part of a larger investigation into the use of personal data and analytics for political purposes", the Information Commissioner's Office said late Friday after receiving the warrant. Judge Leonard told the court he will outline his reasons for granting the application next Tuesday. The social networking site also assured damage control by sharing that "a comprehensive audit" of Cambridge Analytica will be conducted by a digital forensics firm called Stroz Friedberg.

Earlier this month Denham told a United Kingdom parliamentary committee that's also running an investigation into fake news that she hoped to publish her review of digital political ad targeting this May. US lawmakers on Friday asked Mr. Zuckerberg to come to Congress to explain to explain how the data got into Cambridge Analytica's hands, adding to pressure on the firm.

Nix was suspended this week following the Facebook revelations and a further media sting in which he boasts about entrapping politicians and secretly operating in elections around the world through shadowy front companies. Please can I be absolutely clear: "we did not use any GSR data in the work we did in the 2016 USA presidential election", he further claims.

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He apologised for the firm's involvement, but said it had licensed the data from a research company, led by an academic, that "had not received consent from most respondents".

The investigation by the ICO is expected to intensify after they analyze the records and data held by Cambridge Analytica.

The Indian government asks Cambridge Analytica to answer six questions about the company's activity in this country.

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"[CA] believed that the data had been obtained in line with Facebook's terms of service and data protection laws", writes Taylor.

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