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Cambridge Analytica's parent fined $19,000 for data breach

January 10, 2019 / Simorin Pinto

SCL Elections, parent company of UK-based data company Cambridge Analytica, has been fined £15,000 ($19,000) for the failure to respond to a US citizens' request to obtain data that the SCL Elections had on the citizen. The breach of the Data Protection Act stems from a 2017 request that the citizen, David Carroll, a US academic professor, filed with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) against SCL, the Guardian reported. According to a tweet by Carroll, he filed the request with ICO on July 4, 2017, on May 5, 2018, the ICO issued the enforcement notice to comply and on January 9, 2019, SCL pleaded guilty to the charges. Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, commented: "This prosecution, the first against Cambridge Analytica, is a warning that there are consequences for ignoring the law. "Wherever you live in the world, if your data is being processed by a UK company, UK data protection laws apply. Organizations that handle personal data must respect ...