I am fairly sure it's a breach of law at the time 2015 and of course would be a clear breach of GDPR now. This should lead to prosecutions and ... put enough of a question mark over the EU Referendum result for it to be set aside.
Anyone who has seen the documentary "The Great Hack" and wonders why the ICO closed down Cambridge Analytica but why noone from Leave.eu (the UKIP side of the leave campaign) it was because there was no clear evidence that the data gained from Facebook (and potentially elsewhere??) was passed to and used by Leave.eu to target voters based upon their personal data.
The main focus of that Documentary has now revealed that data to the Parliamentary Committee looking into the misuse of Social Network data. You can read it here https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/culture-media-and...
I am fairly sure it's a breach of law at the time 2015 and of course would be a clear breach of GDPR now. This should lead to prosecutions and should, if our politicians weren't so thick, put enough of a question mark over the EU Referendum result for it to be set aside.
From the ICO
"anyone who processes personal data must
comply with eight principles of the DPA1998, which state that personal
information must be:
- fairly and lawfully processed;
- processed for limited purposes;
- adequate, relevant and not excessive;
- accurate and up to date;
- not kept for longer than is necessary;
- processed in line with individuals’ rights;
- secure; and
- not transferred to other countries without adequate protection."
It is patently obvious that at least 3 of these principles have been breached and thus the law broken.
The next question is less simple, how much in cahoots were the Leave.EU and Vote Leave campaigns, was the latter merely the public "Official campaign" and the dirty tricks left to the former. This would of course implicate Boris Johnson in the whole sordid affair. Don't expect any of our Press to be investigating this any time soon.