The office said the inquiry would "consider how political parties and campaigns, data analytics companies and social media platforms in the United Kingdom are using and analyzing people's personal information to micro target voters".
Late on Friday, a High Court judge granted an application by the UK Information Commissioner's Office for a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica's offices.
The lawsuit, filed by Matthew Lodowski, also targets Cambridge Analytica for its role in mining the private data. "We will now need to assess and consider the evidence before deciding the next steps and coming to any conclusions".
Cambridge Analytica, best known for working on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, is at the center of an global storm over privacy and political manipulation. USA lawmakers on Friday asked Mr. Zuckerberg to come to Congress to explain to explain how the data got into Cambridge Analytica's hands, adding to pressure on the firm.
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Friday's notice to the firm followed local media reports that Indian political parties had used the data analytics firm during elections. The row has sparked a major crisis for Facebook, prompting investigations on both sides of the Atlantic and sending its share price plunging amid fears of additional regulation that could affect its business model. "It had nothing to do with us", Mr. Banks was quoted as saying. It suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix, for the same.
India was declared to have issued a notice on Cambridge Analytica for allegedly using social media information on political motives.
"[CA] believed that the data had been obtained in line with Facebook's terms of service and data protection laws", writes Taylor.
He apologised for the firm's involvement, but said it had licensed the data from a research company, led by an academic, that "had not received consent from most respondents".
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Cambridge Analytica denies any wrongdoing and said Friday it was undertaking an independent third-party audit to verify that it no longer holds any of the mined data.
In 2013, two years after the warning, Aleksandr Kogan, a Cambridge professor, .
The warrant to inspect the premises of Cambridge Analytica was executed at 20.00 on 23 March 2018.
The investigation by the ICO is expected to intensify after they analyze the records and data held by Cambridge Analytica.
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