Indian Agency to Probe Facebook, Cambridge Analytica on Data Use

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By Sara Merken

India plans to investigate political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of Facebook user information.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is India’s chief investigative agency, will conduct the investigation, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the minister of electronics and information technology, said in a July 26 speech to the Parliament of India. Prasad’s official Twitter account tweeted the speech.

“Cambridge Analytica may have been involved in illegally obtaining data of Indians which could be misused,” he said.

Representatives for Facebook Inc. did not immediately respond to Bloomberg Law’s request for comment.

Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that had ties to President Donald Trump’s election campaign, declared insolvency in the U.K. in May. The firm did not immediately respond to Bloomberg Law’s request for comment.

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica face scrutiny in several countries following revelations that the firm tapped into as many as 87 million Facebook users’ information.

The United States, Australia, Germany, Israel and other countries are investigating the issue. The United Kingdom’s data protection authority July 11 said it would fine Facebook 500,000 pounds for failing to protect consumer data.

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