Investigators enter Cambridge Analytica offices after being granted search warrant

Investigators enter Cambridge Analytica offices after being granted search warrant

Cambridge Analytica's London offices will finally be searched by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office, following a marathon week of arguing inside and outside court.

About 20 officials, wearing black jackets with "ICO Enforcement" on them, arrived at the firm's central London offices on Friday evening soon after a High Court judge granted a search warrant.

Taking a stern view of reports on the misuse of user data obtained from social media platform Facebook, the IT ministry in a statement on Friday said that "breach of privacy can not be tolerated".

India's information technology minister last week warned against any abuse of social media in elections, following reports that the analytics firm improperly accessed information on millions of Facebook users to target U.S. voters.

Grewal said that the account was suspended because University of Cambridge Psychology Professor Aleksandr Kogan "lied to us and violated our Platform Policies".

Enforcement officers for the Information Commissioner spent almost seven hours searching Cambridge Analytica's central London premises overnight.

The ICO said it was "pleased with the decision of the judge".


Last month, Cambridge Analytica Chief Executive Alexander Nix denied to a parliamentary committee the company worked for Leave.

"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".

Earlier the investigators could be seen examining documents and taking photographs of a whiteboard and of computers.

"Cambridge Analytica conducted data research for one of the leading Brexit campaign groups and then misled the public and MPs over the work the company had undertaken, according to a former employee who has spoken to the Guardian". SCLE is a British company who is behind them known world+dog as Cambridge Analytica.

"Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has said she was looking at whether personal data was acquired in "an unauthorised way", whether there was sufficient consent to share the data, what was done to safeguard it and whether Facebook acted robustly when it found out about the loss of the data".

Curious passers-by asked the waiting press what the fuss was about.

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