Cambridge Analytica’s parent company pleads guilty to violating UK data law

SCL Elections to be fined 15,000 pounds for failing to provide info to US professor

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Jan 10, 2019 8:07 AM Updated: Jan 10, 2019 8:07 AM
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The parent company of the now-shut data firm Cambridge Analytica has been asked to pay a fine of 15,000 pounds after it pleaded guilty to violating UK data laws, according to media reports.

Media reports state that SCL Elections pleaded guilty to breaching the Data Protection Act as it failed to provide a US professor’s request for information about the data collected on him.

According to reports, David Carroll, a professor at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, asked the company for the data for nearly a year.

The reports stated that SCL could not be reached for a comment on the matter. However, Carroll is said to have responded through a tweet, saying, “Vindicated again.”

Cambridge Analytica came into the spotlight last year when it was reported that it allegedly misused Facebook data. Cambridge Analytica, which worked for US President Donald Trump’s political campaign at one point, allegedly gained access to personal data from tens of millions of Facebook’s users. It later shut down.

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