Govt: Notice to Social Networking Giant Facebook

Government sends notice to Facebook

After sending notice to U.K.-based Cambridge Analytica, the government has now sent notice to social networking giant Facebook amid controversy over misuse of its users’ data.

The government has raised five questions, including whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised, and specific steps proposed to be taken to prevent any misuse of personal data for potential interference in, or manipulation of the Indian electoral process.

The government has asked Facebook to reply by April 7.

“Facebook today has its largest footprint in India in terms of its user base and therefore what proactive measures are being taken to ensure the safety, security and privacy of such large user data and to prevent its misuse by any third party,” the notice states.

The government has asked Facebook whether the social networking site or its related or downstream agencies utilising Facebook’s data have previously been engaged by any entities to manipulate the Indian electoral process.

Last week, a notice was sent to Cambridge Analytica asking it to answer six questions, including to disclose if data of Indian users was used, and name the entities that used their services. The company was given till March 31 to reply, and it is yet to respond.

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