UK Plays Central Role in Facebook Data Misuse ProbeAccording to Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham the world is at a “critically important moment” for data protection.
She told the closing session of the CyberUK 2018 conference in Manchester that “it has been a rather busy few weeks at our office".
She said: “The UK is playing a central role in a very public investigation of the allegations of data misuse by Cambridge Analytica involving Facebook user profiles of 87 million people across the globe, and allegations of the misuse of personal data in our elections.”
According to Denham, the Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating this “serious issue”.
She said: “Our investigation will be thorough, comprehensive and fair, and at the end of the day, it will be up to us to decide whether or not to take enforcement action.”
Addressing the topic of privacy for an audience of government, industry and law enforcement cybersecurity specialists, the information commissioner said data privacy and data security had always been linked.
Denham said: “Privacy depends on security.“All modern data protection principles include an obligation to protect personal data. And security has been recognised in every significant codification of data protection, including the current Data Protection Act and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR].”
She added that the pace and scale of the UK digital economy, combined with the new legislation, is reshaping the digital landscape in which the ICO operates.
She said: “Over the past year, my office has increased its focus on cybersecurity, to the extent that we now view it as the spine running through all of our work.”
She added that there is a raft of new local and international data legislation that requires organisations to be transparent in the way they handle data and makes “data protection by design” a legal requirement.
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