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Data theft from Facebook: CBI files case against Cambridge Analytica

Jan 22, 2021 12:00 IST

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe Cambridge Analytica data breach and determine if the firm violated Indian laws. The CBI has registered a case against UK-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research Ltd for ‘illegal harvesting of personal data of 5.62 lakh Indian Facebook users’, officials have said. CBI will investigate whether personal data from Indian voters and Facebook users was compromised by the political consultancy firm. Responding on the issue of “action on the misuse of social media and fake news”, the government said that it has “entrusted the issue to be investigated by the CBI for possible violation of Information Technology Act, 2000

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