Centre issues notice to Cambridge Analytica

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The U.K.'s privacy watchdog searched the offices of Cambridge Analytica amid allegations that information on millions of Facebook Inc.'s users was scooped up without their consent, widening a probe that cut the internet giant's share price more than 10 percent this week. "We will now need to assess and consider the evidence before deciding the next steps and coming to any conclusions".

"I'm being basically used as a scapegoat by both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica", he said in interviews Wednesday.

Christopher Wylie was a former employee of Cambridge Analytica and blew the whistle on the political consulting firm, accusing it of misusing the personal information from millions of Facebook users to manipulate voters during the 2016 US election.

Cambridge Analytica's office in central London.

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The ministry has threatened to take legal action against companies and individuals engaging in any unauthorised use of such data.

But he also claimed the company believed it was acting within Facebook's policies and United Kingdom data protection law when it licensed the data from professor Aleksandr Kogan whose survey app was the Trojan horse used to gather 270,000 Facebook users' data and their friends' data - resulting in some 50M profiles being harvested in all.

The High Court granted the raid request less than an hour earlier, as Denham investigates claims that Cambridge Analytica may have illegally harvested Facebook data for political ends. U.S. lawmakers on Friday had asked Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to come to Congress to explain the cause of the breach.

"But it was not used in the Brexit campaign". "In my opinion, I felt like we should say, 'this is exactly what we did'".

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Around 18 investigators were seen entering the company's London headquarters after obtaining a warrant to search its database and servers Friday night, the Guardian reported.

On Thursday, Zuckerberg said that he was sorry about the Cambridge Analytica scandal affecting "tens of millions" and that he would be "willing to testify before the US Congress".

The suit also noted that during the 2016 United States presidential election, Price often saw political ads on her own Facebook feed.

Last month, Cambridge Analytica Chief Executive Alexander Nix denied to a parliamentary committee the company worked for Leave.EU, saying only that his firm had met the campaign group to discuss potential business, but did not reach a deal.

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