22 October 2017

UK and US Citizens: Please Request Your Personal Data Held By Cambridge Analytica

By now, many people have probably heard about the company Cambridge Analytica.  By its own admission, it played a major role in the success of Donald Trump.  There are also numerous indications that it was involved in the Brexit campaign.

Because Cambridge Analytica is intimately bound up with the London-based company SCL it is possible to make a subject access request in order to find out what information is held about you.  This applies to both UK and US citizens. 

I therefore urge as many people as possible to ask for that data - it only takes a few minutes, and can be done with a simple letter.  Obtaining this information will help us understand what exactly has been happening. Here's what I have sent; please feel free to use and/or modify it:

SCL Group Ltd
c/o Pkf Littlejohn 2nd Floor,
1 Westferry Circus,
Canary Wharf,
United Kingdom, E14 4HD


Dear Sir,

Subject Access Request

I have read numerous reports in the press that you and/or your subsidiaries in the UK or elsewhere hold data on UK/US voters, which may include information about me.

In accordance with the UK Data Protection Act, I am writing to ask you to supply me with a copy of  the information you hold about me, please.

If there is a fee or you require more information in order to fulfil my request, please let me know.

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Glyn Moody

You may also wish to make a contribution to this crowdsourced initiative to dig even deeper.  I've given, FWIW.

The stakes here are incredibly high: it is really no exaggeration to say that our democracy and freedom are at play.  I therefore hope you can spare a few minutes to help shed some light on what has happened here.


Anonymous said...

You do have to be prepared to identify which Glyn Moody you are... did you omit that from your online version. In my case I've moved in the last few years so I should theoretically provide my previous addresses too.

But then what if really all they have is my Facebook username - I would need to provide that too.

Glyn Moody said...

Yes, I gave some coordinates in my letter. Also, there aren't many Glyn Moodys in this world...

Anonymous said...

There's a link to do this on their website. It should be easier than sending a letter through the post.

Glyn Moody said...

Thanks; although post does have the advantage that you know it will arrive, and they will see it...

gruff said...

Hi Glyn, FWIW SCL Group Ltd isn't registered with the Information Commissioner.

Glyn Moody said...

@gruff is that allowed?

Ed Ross said...

I went ahead and did this. Had to pay £10 and send them ID. This is what I got:

"Dear Sir,

I am writing to confirm that we did not identify an individual in our database with the information you provided to us. Thank you for contacting Cambridge Analytica.

Best regards,

Data Compliance Team"

Glyn Moody said...

@ed - thanks, that's what I got too. Which is interesting.

Ed Ross said...

Someone else has had a bit more success:

Glyn Moody said...

Thanks - that's interesting. As you may know, he's taking a leading role in getting to the bottom of all this...