A British court fined a sister company of consulting firm Cambridge Analytica GBP 15,000 ($19,000) on Wednesday for failing to disclose fully what information it held on a Person who had asked to Understand, the Information regulator Stated.
The Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO) said it was the first prosecution of this now defunct Cambridge Analytica, a company it is investigating for how it utilized private information gleaned on Facebook.
The ICO stated SCL Elections,”also known as Cambridge Analytica”, pleaded guilty in a Magistrates’ Court at the London suburb of Hendon to breaching data laws after it didn’t comply with an enforcement notice the ICO issued last May ordering it to fully respond to the data request.
US academic David Carroll had requested Cambridge Analytica in January 2017 to disclose data it held on him. When he felt the response out of SCL, Cambridge Analytica’s representative, was faulty, he complained to the ICO, which took up his case, rejecting the organization’s stance that Carroll had no right to the operator’s aid because he was not a British citizen.
“Wherever you live in the world, if your information has been processed by a UK company, UK data protection laws apply,” Denham said.
On issuing the enforcement note last May, Denham said SCL had”always refused to co-operate with our investigation” and refused to answer the ICO’s questions on the data it held on Professor Carroll:”exactly what they had, where they obtained it from and on what legal basis that they stored it”.
The ICO said its investigation into Cambridge Analytica lasted and it was”currently working to analyse substances seized during the investigation”.
As well as the operator’s investigation, Britain’s parliament has looked into if the information gleaned from approximately 87 million Facebook users was used to influence from the 2016 Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump as US president.
The attorney who acted for SCL at Wednesday’s court hearing was not immediately available to comment.