Information Commissioner Calls for Regulation of Social Media Following Cambridge Analytica scandal

An interesting article by Tom Reeve on scmagazineuk.com:

The Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has published a report into the the use of data analytics for political purposes at the same time as appearing before the Parliamentary DCMS committee today.

Appearing alongside her deputy commissioner James Dipple-Johnstone, Denham was testifying on “Disinformation and ‘fake news'” before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS), chaired by the MP Damian Collins.

The report into data analytics and political campaigning, which runs to 113 pages, is the culmination of “the largest investigation of its type by any Data Protection Authority,” the report says. It involved social media platforms, data brokers, analytics firms, academic institutions, political parties and campaign groups.

The report is a summary of its findings – more details will emerge in any regulatory notices which are issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Read the rest here.

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