CBI to investigate the misuse of Indian user data by Cambridge Analytica
- The Indian government has asked the
Central Bureau of Investigationto look into whether Cambridge Analyticamisused data from Indian users or not.
- The investigation will determine whether the
Indian Penal Codeor the Information TechnologyAct, 2000 were violated.
- Notices issued in the past have yielded contradictory statements from
The probe will investigate whether the activities of the British firm violated any clause of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and/or the Informational Technology Act, 2000.
The speculation over the involvement of Cambridge Analytica had led to a war or words between two of the leading political parties in India, the BJP and Congress.
Aside from looking into the misuse of Indian
Notices already issued
When the Cambridge Analytica scandal initially broke, the Indian Government issued a notice on 23 March seeking a response on whether or not data of Indian users had been collected by the firm or its associates. The next week, they issued a notice to Facebook as well making an enquiry along the same lines.
Cambridge Analytica’s response to the notice was ‘cryptic’ and ‘evasive’. It stated that it only collected Indian user’s data from first party research instruments, and nothing from the social networking platform. Facebook, on the other hand, admitted that around 562,000 people in India were potentially affected by the data breach.
In the face of contradictory reports, fresh notices were issued in April seeking more in-depth responses.
Facebook responded that they will streamline their internal processes regarding the handling of personal data. They stated that the case of Cambridge Analytica was a case of breach of trust. They promised to take various other steps to ensure that such breaches don’t occur.
Addressing the recent wave of violence brought about by fake news, the IT minister also expressed the importance of platforms to be responsible and implement technological solutions to prevent such cases from occuring again.
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