The Indian government has ordered a probe into the Cambridge Analytica data mining case. The government today informed Parliament that it has written to the country's apex federal investigation body, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), seeking an inquiry against the UK-based data mining and analysis firm.
Cambridge Analytica is in the middle of a controversy involving an alleged breach of Facebook user data. The investigation by CBI seeks to establish whether the company utilized information about its clients in India and whether it had harvested their user profiles.
Cambridge Analytica data breach case will be investigated by CBI: Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT Minister in Rajya Sabha pic.twitter.com/lmLLdl5VIP— ANI (@ANI) July 26, 2018
Participating in a discussion on the issue "action on misuse of social media and fake news", the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology informed Parliament on Wednesday that it had "entrusted the issue to be investigated by the CBI for possible violation of Information Technology Act 2000 and the Indian Penal Code."
The ministry also revealed during the discussion that Cambridge Analytica had not responded to successive notices sent to it by the Indian government.
"It is suspected that Cambridge Analytica may have been involved in illegally obtaining data of Indians, which could be misused," Ravi Shankar Prasad, a union minister with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, said.