New Delhi, Mar 28: The Government of India has sought details from global giant Facebook about data leaks perpetrated by the disgraced company, Cambridge Analytica. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has sought the details by April 7. The action comes a day after the whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, revealed that his former employers worked with the Congress in India on some regional projects.
On Wednesday, the whistleblower also gave out details of the offices of Cambridge Analytica in India. “I’ve been getting a lot of requests from Indian journalists, so here are some of SCL’s past projects in India. To the most frequently asked question – yes SCL/CA works in India and has offices there. This is what modern colonialism looks like,” he wrote in a tweet.
ANI reported that a notice seeking details related to the breach of data from Facebook was sent to Cambridge Analytica on March 23. The Government felt there was a need for further information about the data breach from Facebook. A letter was dispatched to Facebook on March 28 by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on March 28, seeking their response to certain questions.
The agency reported that the government asked whether Facebook or any entity related to it had been involved in manipulating Indian electoral process.
The world has been taken by storm after the whistleblower revealed that Cambridge Analytica had fraudulently acquired data of over 50 million Facebook accounts and used it to sway elections in favour of Republican candidate Donald Trump, who later went on to become the President of the United States.
The revelation has been a major cause of embarrassment for global giant Facebook. Its owner Mark Zuckerburg issued a public apology for his company’s failure to protect users’ data.
“We know that this was a major violation of peoples’ trust, and I deeply regret that we didn’t do enough to deal with it. We have a responsibility to protect your data — and if we can’t, then we don’t deserve to serve you,” he said in a Facebook post.
The Indian government had earlier taken note of the controversy. Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had warned Facebook against any attempt at influencing elections in India.