Data misuse: CBI to probe Cambridge Analytica
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will probe the alleged misuse of data of India’s Facebook users by British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, Ravi Shankar Prasad, law and IT minister told the Rajya Sabha. In a significant move ahead of the 2019 polls, the probe by the CBI will determine whether Cambridge Analytica violated the Information Technology Act, 2000 and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Prasad said that Cambridge Analytica has denied to the Indian government that data from Indians was breached, but that contradicted information received from Facebook. The BJP and the Congress have accused each other of using Cambridge Analytica’s services, but both have denied any link to it.
The minister also said that the centre will strengthen the legal framework to ensure that significant social media and instant messaging service providers targeting Indian users, do not deprive them of the right to hold proceedings in India and protecting Indian laws.
“We will have to design the syllabus of our schools and universities in a way that it prepares the youth for the future. We have to ensure that the pace of change in technology finds space in our syllabus.” PM Narendra Modi at the 10th BRICS summit in South Africa