Information commissioner to make ‘clear policy recommendations’ in light of Facebook data probe
Elizabeth Denham acknowledged changes made by Facebook but said it was “too early to say whether they are sufficient”
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The Information Commissioner’s Office will be “making clear public policy recommendations” concerning the use of personal data In the light of its ongoing investigation into the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has issued an update on the progress of the ICO’s investigation into the use of personal data and analytics by political campaigns, parties, social-media companies and other commercial groups.
She revealed that 30 organisations, including Facebook, are being investigated as part of the probe.
Denham said that the goal of the investigation was not only to conclude whether any enforcement action is necessary, but also to recommend policy measures.
“This is an important time for privacy rights,” she said.
“Transparency and accountability must be considered, otherwise it will be impossible to rebuild trust in the way that personal information is obtained, used, and shared online.
She added: “This is why, besides my investigation, which could result in enforcement action, I will also be making clear public-policy recommendations to help us understand how our personal data is used online, and what we can do to control how it's used.”
The investigation is examining the circumstances under which people’s Facebook data was shared with marketing firm Cambridge Analytica, via a third-party app.
It is also looking at the wider picture of how social networks and data analytics are used in political campaigning.
“Facebook has been co-operating with us and, while I am pleased with the changes they are making, it is too early to say whether they are sufficient under the law,” Denham said.
Purvis said she wanted to hand to someone who could “bring fresh passion to the organisation with the belief that technology can be a real force for good”
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