European national authorities, including the Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD), investigate “the true scope” of the filtering of data from Facebook users to a consultancy linked to the electoral campaign in the US. who gave the victory to Donald Trump.
“We are investigating the case in coordination with the British and Irish authorities”, still awaiting the results of investigations by different national data protection authorities and several courts and authorities, said the director of the AEPD, Mar España, during her intervention in the Forum of the New Economy.
If confirmed “the first indications” in the research on the Cambridge Analytica consultancy, there would be not only an example of “illegal” use by that company of personal data of Facebook users, but “would have been attacked the very foundations of the democratic state “, with the” unauthorized “use of information of which its holders were not aware.
And all this, he adds, under the “concept” of free services offered by Internet providers, and which, according to the director of the AEPD, is nothing more than “the monetization of personal information” of users, marketed with destiny to an increasingly “microsegmented” publicity
Mar Spain warned that in the public sphere, where interests are not motivated by economic incentives, the indiscriminate access to personal information increases the risk of concentration of data by public authorities on the lives of citizens, as former CIA exanalist Edward Snowden denounced.