United Kingdom regulators search Cambridge Analytica offices, ruling on case Tuesday

Noel Cummings
March 26, 2018

At 8pm, within an hour of a warrant being granted, 18 people, some in ICO jackets, began to search the...

Enforcement officers for the Information Commissioner spent almost seven hours searching Cambridge Analytica's central London premises overnight.

Late on Friday, a High Court judge granted an application by the UK Information Commissioner's Office for a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica's offices.

Earlier, the Information Commission Office Twitter account posted: "ICO granted warrant: We're pleased with the decision of the judge and we plan to execute the warrant shortly".

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also been requested by lawmakers in the U.S. and U.K.to testify before investigative committees regarding Facebook's role in the data breach. "As you will expect, we will now need to collect, assess and consider the evidence before coming to any conclusions".

Fresh allegations also emerged Friday night about the firm's involvement in the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign.

Facebook has also come under pressure since the revelations that vast swathes of data was held by Cambridge Analytica after it was obtained from a researcher who shared the data without the social network's permission.

Cambridge Analytica has said it is willing to cooperate with the ICO in the probe.

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The investigation by the ICO is expected to intensify after they analyze the records and data held by Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said the company is trying to resolve the problem and prevent further issues, said in a statement the company will investigate apps with access to large amounts of user information, further restrict developers' access to data and place a tool at the top of users' feeds to show which apps have access to their information.

But in 2014, it wound up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, which was working to develop techniques that could be used to influence voters and was later hired by Donald Trump's campaign.

Last month, Cambridge Analytica Chief Executive Alexander Nix denied to a parliamentary committee the company worked for Leave.EU, saying only that his firm had met the campaign group to discuss potential business, but did not reach a deal. Reuters adds that New Delhi's concerns arose when opposing Indian parties accused each other of using Cambridge Analytica services; one of the sides claimed the course of forthcoming election could be affected.

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