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Facebook, Cambridge Analytica responds  to CBI over data theft of Indians

The CBI had initiated a probe in the Cambridge Analytica data theft of Indians from Facebook after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting took cognisance of the data theft.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has received a response from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica in the alleged data theft case. The agency has again approached both the organisations for more information in regards to the case.

The CBI had initiated a probe in the Cambridge Analytica data theft of Indians from Facebook after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting took cognisance of the data theft. "We have initiated a preliminary enquiry to look into the data theft of Indians from Facebook by British firms Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research. We sought some information and request for the same was sent to the concerned parties. Now we have received a response from them and for further information, we have again written to them," said a CBI source.

In September last year, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ravi Shankar Prasad had asked CBI to look into the issue.
Sources told India Today that the agency will be gathering evidence against Cambridge Analytica to file an FIR under the IT Act and other sections.

It has been alleged that data of Indians was stolen from the social media site, which is a violation of privacy rights. The user data was also transferred illegally without consent. It has come to light that the data was used by Cambridge Analytica to influence Indian voters towards a particular party.

Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who blew the lid on Cambridge Analytica gathering data from Facebook, had then told the British parliamentary committee that the firm worked extensively in India.

Wylie also revealed that the firm was involved in all kinds of projects in India, including regionally, and their client was the Congress party.

Wylie in a statement on Twitter in March last year also revealed that SCL Group, the parent organisation of Cambridge Analytica, has its office headquartered in Ghaziabad's Indirapuram and its regional offices in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cuttack, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Patna and Pune.

"SCL/CA works in India and has offices there. This is what modern colonialism looks like," he had tweeted.

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