United Kingdom investigators raid Cambridge Analytica offices in Facebook data mining probe

Thursday's evacuation in central London

Cambridge Analytica, known for working on U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, is being investigated over whether it improperly used data from around 50 million Facebook users to target voters with ads and political messages.

Around 18 enforcement agents from the office of Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham entered the company's London headquarters at around 8:00 pm local time to execute the warrant.

The UK Information Commissioner's Office said the operation was "just one part of a larger investigation into the use of personal data for political purposes".

"Our investigators left the premises at about 03.00 a.m.", a spokesman for the data watchdog said on Saturday.

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

The digital forensics firm Stroz Friedberg, which is leading Facebook's investigation into the data breach, was also at Cambridge Analytica's offices on Monday night, before the ICO.

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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.

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

After a hearing at London's High Court on Friday, Judge Leonard said he would give the reasons for his decision on Tuesday.

Both Cambridge Analytica (CA) and Facebook deny any wrongdoing.

"As anyone who is familiar with our staff and work can testify, we in no way resemble the politically-motivated and unethical company that some have sought to portray", acting CEO Alexander Tayler said in a statement. "We have not undertaken any paid or unpaid work for them, OK?" Cambridge Analytica tried to make me pay for that work but I refused.

He also claims that in October 2015 CA deleted the data from its file server after Facebook asked it to. USA lawmakers on Friday asked Mr. Zuckerberg to come to Congress to explain to explain how the data got into Cambridge Analytica's hands, adding to pressure on the firm. Please can I be absolutely clear: "we did not use any GSR data in the work we did in the 2016 United States presidential election", he further claims.

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