UK Data Watchdog Boots Facebook Out Of Cambridge Analytica’s Offices (Forbes)

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</div> </div> <p>Facebook has been told in no uncertain terms to leave the offices of Cambridge Analytica, the shadowy political analytics firm said to have harvested personal data from more millions of Facebook users.</p> <p>Recent reports have indicated that Cambridge Analytica accessed data from more than 50 million Facebook users in order to target messages and boost Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.</p> <p>Executives have also been filmed by Channel 4 News describing how the company ued honey traps and bribery to discredit politicians.</p> <p>However, the company missed last night’s deadline to hand over information to the UK information commissioner’s office (ICO) and, as a result, the commissioner says she is seeking a warrant to raid the firm’s offices today.</p> <p> </p> <p>"On 7 March, my office issued a Demand for Access to records and data in the hands of Cambridge Analytica," says Elizabeth Denham.</p> <p>"Cambridge Analytica has not responded by the deadline provided; therefore, we are seeking a warrant to obtain information and access to systems and evidence related to our investigation."</p> <p>At the same time, Facebook has been forced to stand down its own search of Cambridge Analytica’s premises. "Such a search would potentially compromise a regulatory investigation," says Denham.</p>” readability=”37″>

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Facebook has been told in no uncertain terms to leave the offices of Cambridge Analytica, the shadowy political analytics firm said to have harvested personal data from more millions of Facebook users.

Recent reports have indicated that Cambridge Analytica accessed data from more than 50 million Facebook users in order to target messages and boost Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Executives have also been filmed by Channel 4 News describing how the company ued honey traps and bribery to discredit politicians.

However, the company missed last night’s deadline to hand over information to the UK information commissioner’s office (ICO) and, as a result, the commissioner says she is seeking a warrant to raid the firm’s offices today.

“On 7 March, my office issued a Demand for Access to records and data in the hands of Cambridge Analytica,” says Elizabeth Denham.

“Cambridge Analytica has not responded by the deadline provided; therefore, we are seeking a warrant to obtain information and access to systems and evidence related to our investigation.”

At the same time, Facebook has been forced to stand down its own search of Cambridge Analytica’s premises. “Such a search would potentially compromise a regulatory investigation,” says Denham.

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