Facebook data leak: Govt inquiry to examine Mark Zuckerberg’s response to US Congress


NEW DELHI: The government inquiry in Facebook’s data leakage scandal will also look into the response of company founder Mark Zuckerberg to the queries posed by members of the US Congress.

The government is “examining” the responses furnished by Facebook, and its vendor Cambridge Analytica, over the data breach issue, even as it keeps a close watch on global developments, especially in the US and UK, a senior official of the IT Ministry said on Tuesday.

Over the last few weeks, the US social networking giant has drawn intense criticism from users and governments globally over the data leak scandal that hit millions of users. Concerns over privacy and use of uses data surreptitiously has been raised across various nations after the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica issue came to light.

Information of over 80 million Facebook users was allegedly harvested by data analytics and Cambridge Analytica, leading to a global backlash against the company.

The Indian government had questioned both the companies on the impact of the data breach, following which Facebook had admitted that nearly 5.62 lakh people in India were “potentially affected” by the incident.

“The responses are being examined in the context of global developments,” the official in IT Ministry said.

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