Cambridge Analytica must transfer collected Facebook data from American




The British data privacy organization ICO has commissioned Cambridge Analytica to transfer all data it has collected from an American via Facebook. Cambridge Analytica has thirty days to comply with the request.

The Guardian writes this on the basis of a regulation drawn up by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. The ICO can do this because Cambridge Analytica has a UK parent company and processes data in the United Kingdom, making it mandatory to comply with such a request. The case began because an American, with the name David Carroll, filed a complaint with the ICO because he wanted to know what data was collected about him by Cambridge Analytica.

Cambridge Analytica initially refused to give Carroll access to the data, but because it is active in the UK, the company can still be obliged to do so. Then Cambridge Analytica informed that because of the upcoming bankruptcy , it can not meet the ICO requirement. The latter, however, has responded by stating that this is not an argument not to hand over the data. There is a 30-day deadline for handing over the data collected from Carroll. The ICO also suggests transferring passwords from servers that have been confiscated if the company has difficulty finding the Carroll data.

The decision may have an influence on others who want to see whether Cambridge Analytica has captured their data via Facebook. They too could make a request for access on the basis of British legislation. It is unclear how many people plan this. Cambridge Analytica has not responded to The Guardian’s reports.

Earlier this year, Cambridge Analytica was in the news because it had collected the data of millions of Americans, but also non-Americans, via Facebook apps, with the aim of drawing up user profiles and then targeting them . The company did so with the aim of influencing the US presidential election. The data of approximately 90,000 Dutch Facebook users were also captured .

The company came under fire and decided to cancel and presumably continue under a different name. Facebook also came under fire because of the privacy policy, which led, among other things, that founder Mark Zuckerberg had to testify before the American Congress.


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