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Govt examining Facebook, Cambridge Analytica responses: Source

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government is "examining" the responses furnished by and on the issue, while it keeps a close watch on global developments on the matter, a senior said today.

The US is facing intense scrutiny from its users as well as governments across the globe after a data leak scandal hit about 87 million users.

British data analytics and political consulting firm has been accused of harvesting personal information of millions of users illegally to help political campaigns and influence polls in several countries.

The too had shot-off notices to both the companies questioning them on the impact of the data breach, following which admitted that nearly 5.62 lakh people in were "potentially affected" by the incident. Facebook has over 20 crore users in the country.

"The responses are being examined in the context of global developments," the in said.

Noting that the data leak episode was global and the nature of irregularities involved were "by and large similar", the said that the is keeping a close watch on the developments that are unfolding across countries that have been hit by the data fiasco.

In its reply to the Indian government's notice, Facebook had informed that "only 335 people" in were directly affected through the installation of an app and another 5,62,120 people were "potentially affected" as friends of those users.

Cambridge Analytica, on the other hand, is believed to have responded saying it had not used the personal information of Indian users from Facebook.

Facebook, which is facing probes in multiple markets over potential breach of user confidentiality, had said yesterday that it is introducing a third-party fact-checking programme in to combat the spread of "false news" on its platform, starting with a pilot in Karnataka, which goes to polls next month.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 20:55 IST