UK Probes Facebook, Raids Cambridge Analytica
Earlier this week, head of Britain’s Information Commission Elizabeth Denham revealed that her office is investigating whether Facebook had acted robustly to protect its user’s data after a consultancy firm had improperly accessed the information of over 50 million individuals on the platform for US president Donald Trump’s campaign.
Denham said that they are seeking a warrant to search the offices of Cambridge Analytica, who received the Facebook data gathered using an app created by British academic Aleksandr Kogan. The app, which was downloaded by around 270,000 people also accessed the data of the user’s Facebook friends.
Facebook said in a statement that Kogan had violated its policies and had already suspended Cambridge Analytica and Strategic Communication Laboratories, while the gathered data had been destroyed.