The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case against UK-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica for the alleged illegal harvesting of personal data of 5.62 lakh Indian Facebook users. The agency has also named Global Science Research (GSRL), another company based out of that country, in the same case.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament today, Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that there will be a CBI probe into the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data theft case.
In its response to the CBI, the social media company had said that GSRL illegally collected personal data of around 5.62 lakh users in India and shared it with Cambridge Analytica. It is alleged that the consulting firm then used the data to influence elections in India.
In March 2018, multiple international media platforms cited former Cambridge Analytica employees, associates, and documents to report that the firm had harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of over 50 million users without their permission.
The CBI initiated a preliminary enquiry against Cambridge Analytica and GSRL over the allegations.