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Data Breach: Facebook called upon to give response by 7 April

New Delhi: After a notice seeking details relating to breach of data from Facebook had been sent to Cambridge Analytica particularly with regard to reports in the media about questionable practices attributed to Cambridge Analytica in their efforts to influence elections, Government of India here on Wednesday issued a letter to Facebook seeking their response on the breach of data.

“It is felt that there is the need for further information about the data breach from Facebook. Accordingly, a letter has been issued by the Ministry of Electronics and IT on 28 March 2018 to Facebook seeking their response,” a statement from the ministry of IT said on Wednesday.

Ministry has asked Facebook six questions:

Whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity in any manner, and if so, how was it compromised?

Whether Facebook or its related or downstream agencies utilising Facebook’s data have previously been engaged by any entities to manipulate the Indian electoral process?,

If any such downstream entity misused data from Facebook, what is the protection available to the data subject?,

What are the specific steps proposed to be taken by Facebook to prevent any misuse of personal data for potential interference in, or manipulation of the Indian electoral process?,

Facebook today has its largest footprint in India in terms of its user base and therefore what proactive measures are being taken to ensure the safety, security and privacy of such large user data and to prevent its misuse by any third party?

Facebook has been called upon to give their response by 7 April. It may be noted that govt had sought details relating to breach of data from Cambridge Analytica on 23 March.

Amit Kumar

By Amit Kumar

This consulting editor of Sirf News is a senior journalist with more than 20 years of experience in reporting and editing, has worked with Hindusthan Samachar (news agency), Mail Today, Hindustan Times, Mid-Day, etc

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