United Kingdom watchdog orders Cambridge Analytica to hand over data on U.S. citizen

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Cambridge Analytica parent company SCL Elections Limited must hand a US citizen info on what data it had on him and how it was used. Getty Images

Britain's data privacy watchdog has ordered Cambridge Analytica to hand over all the personal information it holds on a U.S. academic, confirming the right of people overseas to seek data held by a United Kingdom firm.

SCL Elections, a British affiliate data controller for Cambridge Analytica, has been ordered to comply or appeal the order within 30 days or it could face criminal prosecution.

The case could set a precedent for the 240 million other US voters looking to get their data back under British data laws.

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"This should solve a lot of mysteries about what the company did with data and where it got it from", Carroll told the Guardian.

The ruling says Mr Carroll sought his information from Cambridge Analytica in 2017 and was unhappy with the responses, prompting his complaint to the ICO.

The ICO has sided with Carroll and now wants to see everything Cambridge Analytica holds on him. "I hope that it will help the ongoing investigations in my country and yours, and other places like Canada".

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'He did so and on 27 March 2017, he received a spreadsheet from the SCL Group, marked for and on behalf of Cambridge Analytica and which was said to contain all of the personal data to which he was legally entitled.

According to a new report, Cambridge Analytica did not delete valuable data models and derivative data that it collected prior to the 2016 US Presidential Election, and had it through the election.

The controversy dates to 2015, when Cambridge University academic Aleksandr Kogan and his company Global Science Research posted a quiz app on Facebook, called "This Is Your Digital Life", to gather data on 270,000 users and the users' friends, then shared it with Cambridge Analytica.

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While this decision was extremely painful for Cambridge Analytica's leaders, they recognize that it is all the more hard for the Company's dedicated employees who learned today that they likely would be losing their jobs as a result of the damage caused to the business by the unfairly negative media coverage. Carroll asked Cambridge Analytica to release his data a year before word got out that the company breached the data of 87 million Facebook users.

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