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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

CBI files case against Cambridge Analytica, accused of stealing data from Indian Facebook users

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed a case against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research Ltd for “illegal harvesting of personal data from Facebook users in India.” Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had already claimed that there would be a CBI inquiry into the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data theft case.

The allegations against Cambridge Analytica are that, in the year 2018, the Central Investigation Agency started an investigation against Cambridge Analytica and Global Science Research for illegal private data harvesting of Indians from Facebook. The company, owned by Mark Zuckerberg, claimed that data from around 87 million Facebook users had been misused by British data analytics company Cambridge Analytica.

Such stolen data

Apart from this, Facebook had said that the data of more than five lakh Indian users was also compromised in the scam. The breach occurred after 335 Indian Facebook users downloaded a company-owned app, which later sold the information to Cambridge Analytica.

What is Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica was started in 2013. It is a British political consulting firm involved in influencing hundreds of elections globally and came to prominence through the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal

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