UK ICO finds political parties and campaign organisations disregard voters' privacy


The results of a year-long review issued by the UK Information Commissioner's Office in November 2018 uncovered a "disturbing disregard for voters' personal privacy" on the part of 30 organisations, including social media platforms, political parties, data brokers, and credit reference agencies. Based on information uncovered during the investigation, the ICO sent 11 warning letters requiring action by the main political parties, and announced its intention to conduct audits; issued an enforcement notice to SCLE Group for its subsidiaries Cambridge Analytica and SCLE Elections; fined Facebook £500,000, the maximum until the 1998 data protection law; referred other issues regarding Facebook to the Irish Data Protection Commission; issued notices of intent to fine Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance (GoSkippy); and issued numerous other assessment notices and continued investigating the Remain side of the referendum campaign.

Writer: ICO
Publication: ICO report

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