The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered Cambridge Analytica to hand a US voter all personal information the company holds about him.
The order was issued on Friday and could set a precedent for 240 million American voter on whom Cambridge Analytica claims to have data to request similar information from Cambridge Analytica. which has been caught at the centre of an international privacy scandal after allegations that it used the Facebook data of up to 87 million users for political campaigning without explicit consent.
Regardless, the ICO order gives SCL Elections 30 days to comply with the order or appeal, or face a criminal prosecution. “We are aware of recent media reports concerning Cambridge Analytica’s future but whether or not the people behind the company decide to fold their operation, a continued refusal to engage with the ICO will potentially breach an Enforcement Notice and that then becomes a criminal matter,” Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, said in a statement.
The order follows a complaint lodged by US academic David Carroll. Under UK data protection law, he had filed a request for his data in January 2017 and had received a response in March.