Government sends second notice to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica

The Union Government on April 25, 2018 served a second set of notices to Facebook and Cambridge Analytica (CA) over the recent data breach. The companies have been given the deadline of May 10 to reply to the additional queries. The government sought additional responses after finding discrepancies between the earlier responses given by the British data analytics firm and the American social networking giant.

In its fresh notice to Cambridge Analytica, the government has sought a response on the kind of data that was collected in India and the research instruments used to capture such data. The government has sought reply on whether the company had harvested any data through a third-party app and whether or not it was done with user consent.It has also asked the analytics company that whether the data collected by the company under the pretention of research was used for any election-related work.

Further, the government has questioned the analytics company on the non-disclosure pacts signed by the company with its associates and clients for Indian assignments and has asked it to share the templates that were used in signing such agreements. The government has sought reply on the steps planned by Facebook to avert any such unauthorised use of data or manipulation in the future.

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