Reports into Cambridge Analytica, Mainstream Network & campaign & data harvesting

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Dear Information Commissioner's Office,

Please provide details of correspondence between ICO and the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Parliamentar Select Committee, between 2nd July 2019 and today, concerning the publication dates of several ICO reports (including those into Cambridge Analytica and Mainstream Network, and one further promised report about "campaigns, data harvesting & advertising". These reports were promised by Elizabeth Denham in her evidence to the Digital Media Culture and Sport parliamentary select committee on 2nd July 2019, at approximately 11.25am as being due for publication in September/October 2019 "in the fall". (see this video transcript of the relevant oral evidence to DCMS Select Committe on 2/7/19 https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/99... for her description of the reports and their publication dates)

Please also provide details of any correspondence on the same matters between ICO and the Digital Culture Media and Sports Department, and its successors, since 2nd July 2019 to the present.

As the publication of the reports as promised by the ICO to Parliament, has not occurred, over four months after the target dates mentioned, please provide copies of any internal or external correspondence providing updated publication dates for these reports, redacting any personal or commercially sensitive information.

Please provide any information in your posession, concerning the expected date of publication of these reports, and any information in your posession concerning the delay to their publication.

Yours faithfully,

R Jones

Information Access Inbox, Information Commissioner's Office

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Information Commissioner's Office

7 February 2020

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0902121

 

Dear R Jones,

We write in response to your recent request for information. We received
your request on 11 January 2020 and we are now in a position to respond.
 
We have dealt with your request in accordance with your ‘right to know’
under section 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
  
Request
 
In your email you asked:

 1. Please provide details of correspondence between ICO and the Digital,
Culture, Media and Sport Parliamentar Select Committee, between 2nd
July 2019 and today, concerning the publication dates of several ICO
reports (including those into Cambridge Analytica and Mainstream
Network, and one further promised report about "campaigns, data
harvesting & advertising".
 
 2. Please also provide details of any correspondence on the same matters
between ICO and the Digital Culture Media and Sports Department, and
its successors, since 2nd July 2019 to the present. As the publication
of the reports as promised by the ICO to Parliament, has not occurred,
over four months after the target dates mentioned, please provide
copies of any internal or external correspondence providing updated
publication dates for these reports, redacting any personal or
commercially sensitive information.
 
 3. Please provide any information in your posession, concerning the
expected date of publication of these reports, and any information in
your posession concerning the delay to their publication.

Response
 
Having conducted reasonable searches we can confirm that we do not hold
information in scope of request (1) and (3).
 
In respect of request (2), the ICO contributed to a response to a
Parliamentary Question from Ms Louise Haigh, MP, regarding representations
received from the Information Commissioner.
 
The response, formally provided by Mr Nigel Adams, MP on 14 January 2020,
was as follows:
 
The Government has had a number of meetings with the independent
Information Commissioner on a range of issues. The Information
Commissioner has committed to providing the Digital, Culture Media and
Sport Select Committee with a final update on its investigation into the
use of personal data in political campaigns. A date for this update will
be agreed with the Chair of the Committee once appointed.
 
You can see the question and response (written question 489) on the UK
Parliament website [1]here. As this information is in the public domain it
is technically exempt from disclosure pursuant to section 21 – information
accessible by other means.
 
This concludes our response to your request.
 
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Senior Information Access Officer, Risk and Governance Department
Corporate Strategy and Planning Service
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