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Thu Mar 22, 2018, 02:18 PM

Cambridge Analytica: search of London HQ delayed by wait for warrant

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/22/cambridge-analytica-warrant-high-court-adjourns-hearing-information-commissioner

The information commissioner will have to wait until at least Friday to enter the offices of Cambridge Analytica after a high court judge adjourned the hearing into her application for a warrant.

The commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, announced on Monday that she planned to request an urgent warrant to enter the company’s London offices, after it was revealed that it had been given information from 50m Facebook profiles without users’ permission.

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He also repeated previous responses by the government that there were no current contracts between government and the Cambridge Analytica group.

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At present the information commissioner’s powers only extend to companies, which means that former employees of Cambridge Analytica can avoid answering questions if they have quit a company under investigation for privacy breaches.



Well, this is quite dodgy all the way around.

First, the delay from Tuesday to Friday gives CA a big window to purge data. It looks like they may be doing that given the crates of documents removed from the building. Who knows what is happening to the computer data.

Then note the qualifier “current” about government contracts. There has already been at least one report of part of the CA group having had a government contract. I wonder how many they and their group had previously.

Nix has left the company and already formed a new one. So does the paragraph about not having the power to question former employers mean he is off the hook?

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2018, 02:21 PM

1. How deeply embedded in their politics, ours, French, etc are these criminals?

Sucks to lose the cold war, doesn't it.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2018, 02:41 PM

3. Has there been a report about France being impacted? Ive seen the reports on US, UK, Kenya,

Caribbean and Brazil, but not France so far.

Goodness knows there’s probably much more than has been reported yet, but I would like to see the linkage if that has been reported.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2018, 02:27 PM

2. Allows time for MI6 to remove evidence of assignments for Her Majesty's Government

 

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2018, 02:43 PM

4. I had not thought of that angle. Hmm, food for thought.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2018, 02:44 PM

5. They (CA)were allowed to haul off 10-15 boxes of files that day! There are photos of the CRIME!

 

Facebook staff were helping them delete as well.

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Response to poboy2 (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 22, 2018, 02:55 PM

6. Yeah, looks like purge is in full swing. And thats just what we saw once reporters got there and

took the pictures.

I think the team going through the computers were a forensic company hired by Facebook. So, not Facebook staffers, but a hired firm.

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Response to suffragette (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 22, 2018, 02:58 PM

7. link to your/the thread-

 

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210385800

Just putting it here for those who would like to see

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