CBI files a case against Cambridge Analytica, UK’s Global Science Research Ltd
A case has been registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research Ltd. It accuses Analytica and Global Science Research Ltd of harvesting data of Facebook users in India.
Officials said, “The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research Ltd for “illegal harvesting of personal data from Facebook users in India.”
In the year 2018, CBI initiated a preliminary inquiry against political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research for alleged data theft of Indian users. This was done on a reference from the IT Ministry.
Apparently, Cambridge Analytica received data from Global Science Research. It employed “illegal means” of personal data harvesting of Indians using Facebook.
Facebook said, “The data of about 87 million people – mostly in the US – might have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.”
In July, 2018, the central government had asked the CBI to investigate Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal.
In 2018 itself, after Christopher Wylie blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica, the IT Ministry sent letters to Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Ministry sought clarifications on the issue from them over the data breach. Christopher Wylie revealed the scam involving the mining of facebook user data to manipulate the US presidential elections, of this, 5.62 Lakh users were Indians. He tweeted and claimed to expose the British consultancy’s work in India dating back to 2003.
The data breach was a shock for everyone and it made governments, international organisations, and companies of the world wake up to the perils of data leaks and privacy hacks.
In the past, Facebook has apologised to the Indian government. The Mark owned company promised the government that it would make sincere efforts to protect the privacy of user data on the platform.