Whoever thought that Facebook’s troubles had gone away now that CEO Zuckerberg offered a public apology and ensured his users that they ‘would do better in the future’, might be in for a surprise as UK police (the ICO department, which stands for Information Commissioner’s Office) just raided the offices of Cambridge Analytica and took several computer hard drives with them.
A group of 18 people, most wearing ICO enforcement jackets, entered the building from New Oxford Street in London and searched premises for evidence.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ICO granted warrant: We’re pleased with the decision of the judge and we plan to execute the warrant shortly. This is just one part of a larger investigation into the use of personal data for political purposes and we will now need time to collect and consider the evidence</p>— ICO (@ICOnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/ICOnews/status/977265388001120261?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 23, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Cambridge Analytica, the company that used the data of 50 million Facebook profiles for political ad targeting, continues to deny committing any crimes.
Acting CEO Mr. Alexander Tayler: "We in no way resemble the politically motivated and unethical company that some have sought to portray."
"The company believed that the data had been obtained in line with Facebook's terms of service and data protection laws."
However, a spokesperson for the British Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), who conducted the raid, said: “We are pleased with the decision of the judge. This is just one part of a larger investigation into the use of personal data and analytics for political purposes. As you will expect, we will now need to collect, assess and consider the evidence before coming to any conclusions.”
Cambridge Analytica has also issued an apology for its role in the scandal whilst pressure is mounting on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who has been called to give evidence to British MPs. He has already confirmed he will appear before Congress in the US to answer questions the Judiciary may have but has not responded to the British request yet.