Data mis­use: CBI to probe Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica

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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

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