India has now started an official preliminary enquiry (PE) into Cambridge Analytica and Global Sciences Research’s role in a suspected breach of Facebook users’ data in the country. This is a crucial development in the highly controversial data breach case.
“A PE has been registered against the two companies — the UK-based data analytics company Cambridge Analytica and Global Sciences Research (GSR). This is being done to probe if Cambridge Analytica had picked data from GSR Ltd, which relates to the personal data of Indians on Facebook. The probe will see if data was harvested and misused,” said a CBI official about the development.
Before starting the investigation, the Indian government had issued a couple of notices against the now-defunct Cambridge Analytica as well as the social media platform Facebook on personal data leaks. The IT minister of the state Ravi Shankar Prasad had warned Facebook about “abusing” its users’ data and privacy.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had publicly apologized for the data breach scandal that shook the world and took a toll on its credibility. It was reported that data of Indian users might be used to influence electoral decisions.