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CBI probing Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data theft case

New Delhi, Jul 26 (Agencies): | Publish Date: 7/27/2018 12:31:39 AM IST

 Minister of Information and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday revealed that the Central Bureau of Investigation probe into Facebook-Cambridge Analytica theft case was underway, India Today reported.

The inquiry was ordered by the Ministry of Electronics and IT. Prasad apprised Rajya Sabha about the probe.

Prasad said in Parliament that Cambridge Analytica has denied to the Indian government that data from Indians was breached, but that contradicted information received from Facebook. Prasad said a notice also was sent to Facebook in March, and it promised to improve its internal processes regarding hacking of personal data. “They also promised to take various other steps to ensure that such things don’t recur,” he said. Earlier in March, the government issued a notice to Cambridge Analytica a Britain based data mining firm that was at the centre of the Facebook users’ data breach controversy. The government notice was also addressed to several other entities that were engaged with Cambridge Analytica.

Cambridge Analytica declared bankruptcy this year following allegations that it used personal information harvested from 87 million Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

 

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