The government on Wednesday asked Facebook Inc to clarify whether the company or any of its associates or partners that has access to user data had engaged in the manipulation of elections, according to a statement issued by the ministry of electronics and IT.
A powerful United States watchdog agency, the Federal Trade Commission, said it would investigate Facebook, a probe that carries the potential for steep fines and other penalties on the social media giant.
Over 100,000 people subscribe to our newsletter.. This is partly where the Cambridge Analytica scandal began, as a the developer of a seemingly innocent quiz application with a few hundred thousand users was able to access the information of every friend of those users, whether they had interacted with the app (or even knew about it) or not. "I don't remember a national project", he said on Tuesday. "This is what modern colonialism looks like", Wylie tweeted. "I believe I have some documentation on India, which I can also provide to the committee if that's something of interest". "But they do have offices there, they do have staff there", the 28-year-old added.
ANI reported that a notice seeking details related to the breach of data from Facebook was sent to Cambridge Analytica on March 23.
The Indian government had earlier taken note of the controversy.
"So he was pretending to work for one party but actually was paid underhand by someone else", said Dehaye.
Dehaye also suggested that Indian, Romanian and Kenya journalists should collaborate to investigate the matter further.
Cambridge Analytica worked "extensively" in India, and operated a system of "modern day colonialism", globally undermining democratic processes across the world, a British parliamentary committee heard on Tuesday, as Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who blew the lid on the firm's gathering of data from Facebook, gave evidence, which drew in issues relating to Brexit, the U.S. election campaign, and other elections across the world. Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had warned Facebook against any attempt at influencing elections in India.
Aggregate IQ has long maintained its independence from Cambridge Analytica and the SCL Group - but Wylie insisted that Aggregate IQ, while not owned by Cambridge Analytica, held the licence to the intellectual property that formed the basis of Cambridge Analytica's software, and effectively operated as an "internal entity" that were kept at arms-length for purposes of political expediency. This vindicates what we have been saying from day one.
Minutes later, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala vehemently denied all such charges and accused Ravi Shankar Prasad of lying and challenged the government to register a First Information Report (FIR) against Cambridge Analytica, its Indian partner Ovleno Business Intelligence and Facebook. "But BJP needs to answer, who was this NRI business person who hired Cambridge Analytica in the run-up to 2014 polls to manufacture false surveys, to ask leading questions and to bring down the Congress Government?"
"The Congress has had no truck with Cambridge Analytica ever or have we ever hired its services".