United Kingdom watchdog orders Cambridge Analytica to hand over data on U.S. citizen

United Kingdom watchdog orders Cambridge Analytica to hand over data on U.S. citizen

The ICO notice stems from David Carroll, an associate professor at Patterson School of Design in NY.

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.

Dissatisfied that he had been given all of the personal data held about him by the company, or an explanation of where the data had come from, Carroll complained to ICO.

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". "It is important that Professor Carroll, and other members of the public, understand what personal data Cambridge Analytica held and how they analysed it".

Speaking to the Guardian, Mr Carroll said: 'This should solve a lot of mysteries about what the company did with data and where it got it from.

On September 26, SCL Elections wrote to ICO saying that because Carroll was not a United Kingdom citizen, he was no more entitled to make a so-called subject access request under the data protection act "than a member of the Taliban sitting in a cave in the remotest corner of Afghanistan", ICO's legal notice said.

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Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the company "has consistently refused to cooperate with our investigation".

The firm was accused of improperly obtaining personal information on behalf of political clients.According to Facebook, data of up to 87 million of its users was harvested by a quiz app and then passed on to the political consultancy.The social network said its own probe into the matter would continue, the BBC reported.

The company boasts it can "find your voters and move them to action" through data-driven campaigns and a team that includes data scientists and behavioural psychologists.

Steve Bannon, Trump's former chief strategist and an influential force on his campaign team, oversaw Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook told the company to delete the data, since it was against policy to pass it on to a third party, but the scandal resurfaced a couple months ago when Cambridge Analytica co-founder Christopher Wylie revealed the company was holding onto the data.

This was designed to help them create software that can predict and influence voters' choices at the ballot box.

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