The UK’s Information Commissioner is to apply for a warrant “pretty darned soon”, so her team can search Cambridge Analytica’s offices before staff there even suspect they’re coming.
“Secrecy here is the key,” said Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, speaking live on BBC, Sky and ITV throughout the day “so I’m trusting you to keep this under wraps for a while. Say until the weekend, end of the month tops.”
Denham is investigating the company over claims it used personal data to influence the US election. “We need to act quickly as we believe some of Cambridge Analytica’s records will be held in ‘a computer’, an electronic device which can do massive sums and store lots of information, rather than on A4 paper in box files, or chiselled onto stone tablets, which might take longer to dispose of.”