Last week, the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office released its highly anticipated report on voter analytics and data protection as part of its investigation into Cambridge Analytica and how companies are using personal information in the political process. With some minor exceptions, University of Victoria Professor Colin Bennett points out, "most forays by DPAs into the world of elections and political parties had been quite narrow and prosaic." Of course, the Cambridge Analytica revelations have changed the calculus. "All of a sudden, the issue is not just about privacy and data protection," he writes in this post for Privacy Perspectives. "The misuse of personal data in elections, in violation of common legal standards, can influence the choice of governments and have profound consequences for democratic politics."
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