January 14, 2019
SCL Elections Ltd, also known as Cambridge Analytica, has been fined £15,000 for failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
The company appeared at Hendon Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty through its administrators to breaching s 47(1) of the Data Protection Act 1998.
The criminal prosecution related to the company’s failure to respond to an enforcement notice issued in May 2018, which ordered the company to respond in full to a subject access request submitted by Professor David Carroll, a US-based academic.
As well as the fine, the court also ordered the company to pay £6,000 costs and a victim surcharge of £170.
The enforcement action is part of the ICO’s investigation into data analytics for political purposes. To read the ICO’s press release in full, click here.