Defunct company covered up its use of valuable predictive models drawn from Facebook information, claims report
Cambridge Analytica may have announced its shutdown last week, but the consultancy continues to be liable to provide information requested by US citizens on what how it used their data, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said.
Meanwhile, a report over the wekend claimed the consultancy did not delete valuable models derived from the Facebook data on up to 87 million people, retaining them until well after the 2016 US presidential election.
The ICO on Friday ordered the defunct firm to release the information it holds on US academic David Carroll, a move that could form a precedent for millions of other Americans whose data Cambridge Analytica allegedly processed.
Carroll, an associate professor at Parsons School of Design in New York, has sued the consultancy in England to obtain details of why information on him was processed and with whom it was shared, amongst other explanations.
The case is due to be heard by the High Court later this year, but in the meantime the ICO has ordered Cambridge Analytica to provide the information requested by Carroll.