UK info chief orders SCL to give professor his personal data

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, March 23, 2018, a general view of the building in central London that contains offices of social analysis company Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica (CA) announced Wednesday May 2, 2018, that it planned to file for bankruptcy in Britain and the U.S., saying negative publicity has driven potential clients away. British authorities have said investigations into CA will continue despite the company is going out of business. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FILE)

LONDON — Britain's Information Commissioner's Office is backing an American academic's effort to obtain his personal data from SCL Group, which includes Cambridge Analytica.

The ICO said in a ruling posted Saturday that SCL must provide the data within 30 days, warning that failure to do so would be a criminal offense.

The Enforcement Notice found in favor of professor David Carroll, saying his right to the personal information is protected by the Data Protection Act of 1998. The ruling says Carroll sought his information from Cambridge Analytica in 2017 and was unhappy with the responses, prompting his complaint to the ICO.

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the company "has consistently refused to cooperate with our investigation."

Cambridge Analytica announced Wednesday it plans to file for bankruptcy in Britain and the U.S.

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