May 2, 2018 / 8:25 PM / 3 months ago

UK data regulator says to keep investigating Cambridge Analytica after closure

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s data regulator said on Wednesday it will continue investigations after data firm Cambridge Analytica, embroiled in a controversy over its handling of Facebook (FB.O) users’ data, announced its closure.

FILE PHOTO: A person is seen inside the building which houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica as investigators from Britain's Information Commissioners Office entered, following the granting of a search warrant by a High Court judge, in London, Britain March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

“We will be examining closely the details of the announcements of the winding down of Cambridge Analytica and the status of its parent company,” a spokeswoman for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said in a statement.

“The ICO will continue its civil and criminal investigations and will seek to pursue individuals and directors as appropriate and necessary even where companies may no longer be operating.

“We will also monitor closely any successor companies using our powers to audit and inspect, to ensure the public is safeguarded,” the ICO added.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by John Stonestreet

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