A British court fined a sister Firm of consulting firm Cambridge Analytica GBP 15,000 ($19,000) on Wednesday for failing to disclose Completely what information it Stored on a Person who had asked to know, the Information regulator Stated.
The Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO) said it was the first prosecution of the currently defunct Cambridge Analytica, a company it’s exploring for how it utilized private information whined on Facebook.
The ICO said SCL Elections,”also called Cambridge Analytica”, pleaded guilty at a Magistrates’ Court at the London suburb of Hendon to breaching data laws after it didn’t comply with an enforcement notice the ICO issued last May ordering it fully respond to the data request.
“This prosecution, the first against Cambridge Analytica, is a warning that there are consequences for ignoring the legislation,” 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 representative, was incomplete, he whined to the ICO, which took up his situation, rejecting the organization’s stance that Carroll hadn’t any right to the regulator’s aid because he was not a British citizen.
“Wherever you live in the world, if your data has been processed by a UK firm, UK data protection laws apply,” Denham said.
On issuing the enforcement notice last May, Denham said SCL had”always refused to co-operate with our analysis” and refused to answer the ICO’s questions on the information it stored on Professor Carroll:”what they had, in which they obtained it out of and on what legal basis that they stored it”.
The ICO stated its investigation into Cambridge Analytica lasted and it was”currently working to analyse materials seized during the investigation”.
In addition to the operator’s investigation, Britain’s parliament has emerged into whether the information gleaned from approximately 87 million Facebook consumers was used to sway from 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.