Fallout from Facebook privacy scandal only just beginning

Officers from the Information Commissioner's Office leaving with a van believed to be carrying evidence after a search of the Cambridge Analytica headquarters in London on Friday.
Officers from the Information Commissioner's Office leaving with a van believed to be carrying evidence after a search of the Cambridge Analytica headquarters in London on Friday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Cambridge Analytica probe sparks debate on misuse of data and voter manipulation

The British authorities on Friday raided the London offices of Cambridge Analytica, sweeping it for evidence that could implicate the scandal-hit communications company in illegal data mining on Facebook to influence voters in political campaigns.

The move is the latest in a slew of investigations across Britain, the United States, the European Union and Australia, sparked by revelations of the misuse of personal information of more than 50 million Facebook users, capping a week of turmoil for both the consulting firm and the social media giant.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 25, 2018, with the headline 'Fallout from Facebook privacy scandal only just beginning'. Print Edition | Subscribe