Can corporations dealing with person knowledge be compelled to surrender info on folks within the US by means of rules within the UK? That’s the query being examined by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which has demanded that Cambridge Analytica agent SCL Elections Limited hand over all the things it has on file for American professor David Carroll.
Carroll requested his knowledge again in September 2017, earlier than the newest Facebook controversy, however wasn’t proud of what he bought again. That’s when he contacted the ICO to see if he would have higher luck going by means of UK channels.
The ICO has sided with Carroll and now desires to see all the things Cambridge Analytica holds on him. The case might solely cowl one individual – but when Carroll will get his method, which means as much as 240 million different US customers might demand to see the private info Cambridge Analytica has been storing by means of the UK’s authorized course of, The Guardian stories.
Some of the information processing carried out by Cambridge Analytica was carried out within the UK, which is the technicality that has allowed Carroll and the ICO to demand to see the information. The knowledge mining firm now has 30 days to reply to the request, in any other case it might face authorized repercussions.
Cambridge Analytica has already entered liquidation and begun the method of winding down within the wake of its troubles, however the ICO says that will not be a legitimate excuse for avoiding its obligations below UK legislation.
Now all eyes are on Cambridge Analytica and its UK agent SCL Elections Limited to see what occurs subsequent. “There’s a lot of questions that no one has been able to answer until now so hopefully this will be a major breakthrough in our understanding of what [Cambridge Analytica] did,” Carroll informed The Guardian.