The authorities of the Office of the Information Commissioner of the United Kingdom (ICO) are in the process of obtaining a search warrant to examine the internal servers of the Cambridge Analytica data analysis firm after the reports described how the company misused of Facebook data of up to 50 million users.
Facebook sent members of a digital forensic firm, called Stroz Friedberg, to conduct its own independent audit of Cambridge Analytica, but Stroz Friedberg "withdrew" when the UK authorities requested that they wait until an order for the criminal investigation itself is secured of the OIC. Facebook revealed the turn of events in a blog update this afternoon.
A digital forensic team hired by Facebook "withdrew" at the request of the UK authorities
The London-based data mining and analysis company was employed by President Donald Trump's election campaign to inform Facebook's ads. The firm is now at the center of a major controversy over the unethical use of Facebook data to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States. Explosive reports in The New York Times and The Guardian revealed this weekend that the data that allegedly formed the basis of Cambridge Analytica's choice toolkit were obtained by violating Facebook's terms of service, while Facebook did not confirm the elimination of the data.
The reports were based on a first-person account of former Cambridge Analytica employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie. Wylie now alleges that the company and its behavioral research affiliate Strategic Communication Laboratories have direct links to Russia and used Facebook data to influence the outcome of the US presidential election. UU Meanwhile, the second part of a covert investigation conducted by Channel 4 of the United Kingdom was issued today in which executives of Cambridge Analytica were pressured to bribe to bribe and catch politicians who hired sex workers to engage political opponents of Your clients.
Cambridge Analytica has denied any wrongdoing and says it will participate with each and every investigation.