Cambridge Analytica Fined $19,000 for Ignoring Data Request

The Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO) said it was the first prosecution of the currently defunct Cambridge Analytica, a firm it is exploring for how it utilized private information whined 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 legislation after it didn’t comply with an enforcement notice the ICO issued last May ordering it fully react to the data request.

“This prosecution, the first against Cambridge Analytica, is a warning that there are consequences for ignoring the law,” Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a statement.

US academic David Carroll had requested Cambridge Analytica in January 2017 to disclose information it held . When he felt that the response from SCL, Cambridge Analytica’s agent, was incomplete, he complained to the ICO, which took up his situation, rejecting the company’s stance that Carroll had no right to the operator’s aid because he wasn’t a British citizen.

“Wherever you live on earth, if your information is being processed by a UK firm, 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 regarding the data it stored on Professor Carroll:”what they had, where they obtained it from and on what legal basis they stored it”.

The ICO said its investigation to Cambridge Analytica lasted and it was”currently working to analyse materials captured during the investigation”.

As well as the regulator’s investigation, Britain’s parliament has emerged into whether the information gleaned from around 87 million Facebook consumers was used to sway in the 2016 Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump as US president.

The attorney who acted for SCL in Wednesday’s court hearing wasn’t immediately available to comment.