The information commissioner of the United Kingdom is currently investigating whether information from Facebook was “illegally acquired and used,” following the suspension of the social media giant of Cambridge Analytica, a company that worked for the campaign of the Donald Trump, the current President of the United States of America, during the Presidential elections that was held in 2016.
Facebook suspended the firm because of some allegations that it was able to retain some data of users that were improperly obtained after the company claimed that it had already deleted the information.
The probe by the United Kingdom is a part of a wider inquiry into how various data companies, social media platforms, and political parties, make use of personal information in order to target the voters during political campaigns, including the 2016 Brexit referendum of the United Kingdom regarding its membership with the European Union.
Last Saturday, Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner of the United Kingdom, said that it is necessary that “the public are fully aware of how information is used and shared in modern political campaigns and the potential impact on their privacy.”
She said that “any criminal and civil enforcement actions arising from the investigation will be pursued vigorously.”