CBI writes to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica over data breach
The CBI begins preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica and Global Sciences Research for suspected breach of Indian Facebook users’ data
New Delhi: A month after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica for alleged data theft, the agency, on Monday, wrote to Facebook (US), Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research (GSR), seeking more information on the matter. The agency had begun a preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research for suspected breach of Indian Facebook users’ data, a CBI official said, requesting anonymity.
“CBI has written to Facebook (US), Cambridge Analytica and GSR in the case of the alleged data leak. A preliminary investigation has also been registered. This is being done to probe if Cambridge Analytica had picked data from Global Science Research (GSR) Ltd, which relates to the personal data of Indians on Facebook. The probe will see if data was harvested and misused,” another person familiar with the development said on the condition of anonymity.
In July, Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had informed the parliament that the government had asked the CBI to investigate the issue. “It is suspected that Cambridge Analytica may have been involved in illegally obtaining data of Indians which could be misused.” In May, Cambridge Analytica had shut down its operations after being accused of illegally harvesting data of 87 million Facebook users, including half a million in India.
- Amritsar train accident: A tragedy that was waiting to happen
- SnapFact: Where you grew up can affect your income
- North-east monsoon set to make its onset around 26 October: IMD
- September GST returns filing date extended by 5 days to 25 October
- Modi government’s performance a mixed story, says Bimal Jalan
Editor's Picks »
- UltraTech’s dismal Q2 results darken outlook on cement sector
- NBFC liquidity crisis set to worsen real estate sector woes
- RBI pause on interest rate hike may last only till December
- Policy rethink and higher volumes to aid container shippers
- DCB Bank delivers a strong Q2 but pressure on margins foreseen