Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Cambridge Analytica ordered to hand over data on USA voter

Cambridge Analytica ordered to hand over data on USA voter

Carroll appealed to the ICO for the consulting firm to share the personal data it gathered on him.

Facebook's failure to compel Cambridge Analytica to delete the data it had illegally connected meant that the company was able to use the data during the election itself.

"The right to request personal data that an organisation holds about you is a cornerstone right in data protection law and it is important that Professor Carroll, and other members of the public, understand what personal data Cambridge Analytica held and how they analysed it".

The Friday order by ICO contradicts this position and orders SCL Elections to provide Carroll with a description of his personal data, as well as the purposes the data was processed for and the source of the data.

"This should solve a lot of mysteries about what the company did with data and where it got it from", he said, according to The Guardian.

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said 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 - what they had, where they got it from and on what legal basis they held it'. The data is said to have widely contributed to the electoral victory by Donald Trump and the Republican Party in the election.

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A Cambridge Analytica sign is pictured at the entrance of the building which houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica, in central London on 21 March 2018.

The controversy dates to 2015, when Cambridge University academic Aleksandr Kogan and his company Global Science Research posted a quiz app on Facebook, called "This Is Your Digital Life", to gather data on 270,000 users and the users' friends, then shared it with Cambridge Analytica.

Order paves way for as many as 240 million Americans on whom the company claims to have data, to file similar requests.

Cambridge Analytica is accused of wrongfully accessing the data of over 87 million Facebook users to build political tools which allegedly influenced the United States elections.

But, Facebook has since revealed the number was actually as high as 87 million.

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