The parent company of elections consultancy Cambridge Analytica has been fined £21,000 for refusing to obey enforcement rulings from the Information Commissioner in the run up to its collapse into administration last year.

The controversial data firm was at the centre of a privacy scandal and was criticised for harvesting profile data from millions of Facebook users. 

Its parent company SCL Elections, which is now in the hands of administrators, pleaded guilty to ignoring a data enforcement notice after it refused to hand over data it held on US academic Professor David Carroll.

Professor Carroll said he had been “vindicated” by the ruling.

The ICO, the UK’s data watchdog, issued Cambridge Analytica with a Data Protection Act enforcement notice on 5 May last year, days after the company entered into bankruptcy proceedings.

At Hendon Magistrates court, district judge Kenneth Grant fined the company £15,000 plus costs.

US-based Professor Carroll attempted to force Cambridge Analytica to hand over his data in 2017, filing a complaint through the ICO. 

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