Cambridge Analytica-Facebook row: Zuckerberg formally asked to testify by US Lawmakers

Facebook fails to answer questions regarding Trump’s election related data mining by Cambridge Analytica

India sends notice to data mining firm to specify if entities were harvesting to “utilise data of Indians”

The leaders of a key House committee declared Thursday that Facebook officials failed to answer questions about a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining company, and they want CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the panel.

Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon and Frank Pallone of New Jersey said in a brief statement that the “latest revelations regarding Facebook’s use and security of user data raise many serious consumer protection concerns.”

In India, The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEIT) has officially sent a notice to Cambridge Analytica, the data mining and analysis firm involved in the data breach at Facebook.

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As per a report by The Indian Express, the notice seeks information if any of the firm’s clients are based out of India. The notice also mentions that if the Facebook profiles of Indian were harvested.

The notice asked Cambridge Analytica to specify the “entities, ”if there are any who may be harvesting and are engaged to “utilise data of Indians.” The notice also specifies that if there are any such firm then how did it collect the data and whether consent was taken from the individuals whose data was used.

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The California-based social network has been a flashpoint for controversies about bullying, harassment, free speech, extremist propaganda, election meddling, privacy, and more.

“They don’t put enough effort into making sure the user is protected and the experience is assured,” analyst Enderle said.

“They only care about the advertisers, and the user is basically a digital slave.”

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