Agents from Britain’s information watchdog on Friday looked through the London workplaces of Cambridge Analytica. The information investigation firm at the focal point of a tempest claims it disgracefully reaped Facebook information to target U.S. voters.
Around 20 authorities wearing dark coats with “ICO Enforcement” on them touched base at the company’s focal London workplaces not long after a High Court judge allowed a court order for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to investigate. The authorities, who were let into the premises by security guards, could be seen checking books and papers through the windows of the second-floor workplaces on London’s bustling New Oxford Street, a Reuters witness said.
News of the raid came as the acting CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Dr. Alexander Tayler issued an apology about the way some data had been collected by an affiliate company. “I am sorry that, in 2014, SCL Elections [an affiliate of Cambridge Analytica] licensed Facebook data from a research company [GSR] that had not received consent from respondents,” he said. The company believed the data had been obtained in line with Facebook’s terms of service and data protection laws. “We are now undertaking an independent third-party audit to verify that we do not hold any GSR data.”
The British Information Commissioner’s Office was allowed a warrant by the High Court to look through the London workplaces late Friday, a move which is a piece of a more extensive examination concerning political battling.
Cambridge Analytica, a British counseling organization, was blamed for gathering information of up to 50 million Facebook clients without consent and utilizing the information to help government officials, including U.S. President Donald Trump and the Brexit crusade. Cambridge Analytica’s acting CEO, Alexander Tayler, said the organization has been in contact with the Information Commissioner’s Office since February 2017, and it stayed focused on helping the examination.