The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office has issued an update to its long-running investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns and a report to Parliament. The scope of the investigation, which ICO Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told a U.K. Parliamentary committee was "unprecedented," has extended to 30 organizations and includes a forensic analysis of 700 terabytes of information. "Throughout our enquiries we found a disturbing disregard for voters’ personal privacy by players across the political campaigning eco-system — from data companies and data brokers to social media platforms, campaign groups and political parties," Denham wrote. As a result, the ICO is "calling for views for a code of practice covering the use of data in campaigns and elections." Denham added that she hopes the ongoing investigation "provides a blueprint for other jurisdictions to take action and sets the standard for future investigations."
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