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“The Cambridge Analytica scandal shows how grave that threat has become. To get to the bottom of that threat, it is vital that we understand the network of companies associated with that malign octopus“. (Liam Byrne, UK MP)
A seven-hour search of the Cambridge Analytica offices in the UK started at 20:00 GMT on Friday, less than an hour after getting a warrant, and finished in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday. See: “Cambridge Analytica offices searched over data storage” http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43522775
UK Member of Parliament, Liam Byrne observed on Thursday that “It is ludicrous that it has taken her so long to get a search warrant for Cambridge Analytica offices, and it is ludicrous that people frustrating her investigations do not face jail for that frustration. Will the Secretary of State now commit to bringing forward extra powers for the Information Commissioner in the Data Protection Bill? If he does not, we will.”
From VOA News:
“Investigators Enter UK Headquarters of Research Firm Cambridge Analytica
March 23, 2018 7:11 PM VOA News
British investigators have entered the London offices of the data research firm Cambridge Analytica, which is at the center of controversy over the alleged use of millions of people’s personal data from the Facebook social network.
About 20 investigators arrived at the firm’s central London offices late Friday, soon after a judge granted a search warrant that Britain’s Information Commissioners Office had requested.
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is investigating claims the research firm illegally acquired the personal data from Facebook.
The research firm is alleged to have illegally used the data of an estimated 50 million Facebook users to build profiles for U.S. political campaigns, including the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.”
Excerpts from UK Member of Parliament, Liam Byrne: “Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill) (Lab)
We will not get an adequacy agreement with the EU if we cannot keep data safe in this country. The Cambridge Analytica scandal shows how grave that threat has become. To get to the bottom of that threat, it is vital that we understand the network of companies associated with that malign octopus. Will the Secretary of State commit now to auditing and making public all Government contractors with links to Cambridge Analytica, some of whom, I understand, the Foreign Office is assembling for a secretive weekend somewhere in the countryside on Saturday?
There are many individuals and intellectual property agreements between Cambridge Analytica and other firms, and I hope that the Secretary of State will reflect on his answer and come forward with a more comprehensive approach.
This episode has revealed that the Information Commissioner simply does not have the power to conduct investigations properly. It is ludicrous that it has taken her so long to get a search warrant for Cambridge Analytica offices, and it is ludicrous that people frustrating her investigations do not face jail for that frustration. Will the Secretary of State now commit to bringing forward extra powers for the Information Commissioner in the Data Protection Bill? If he does not, we will.” Excerpted from “Leaving the EU: Data Protection Agreements” 22 March 2018 Volume 638 OPL: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-03-22/debates/ACC7E864-F2E5-4766-8590-FF26CD6C4BB3/LeavingTheEUDataProtectionAgreements?highlight=Cambridge%20Analytica#contribution-74A55C38-0048-4314-AE17-81B5C3FB4C4C (Emphasis our own.)
The Russian government is an oil company, also known as Rosneft and Gazprom, and Cambridge Analytica allegedly sent information to Russia’s private Lukoil. Shell, BP, and Exxon have continued doing business in Russia, as have some other companies. Details about the image:
“* Creator(s): Keppler, Udo J., 1872-1956, artist
* Date Created/Published: N.Y. : J. Ottmann Lith. Co., Puck Bldg., 1904 September 7.
* Medium: 1 photomechanical print : offset, color.
* Summary: Illustration shows a “Standard Oil” storage tank as an octopus with many tentacles wrapped around the steel, copper, and shipping industries, as well as a state house, the U.S. Capitol, and one tentacle reaching for the White House.
* Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-25884 (digital file from original print in Case Y) LC-USZC4-435 (color film copy transparency) LC-USZ62-26205 (b&w film copy neg.) LC-USZCN4-122 (color film copy neg.)
* Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
* Call Number: Illus. in AP101.P7 1904 [General Collections] (Case Y) [P&P]
* Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
* Title from item.
* Illus. in: Puck, v. 56, no. 1436 (1904 September 7), centerfold.
* Reference copy in LOT 9357.