Social Media company Facebook which has been in “hot waters” for a while now has responded to Indian government’s latest notice on alleged data breach outlining in detail the “changes made” to protect users’ information.
The U.K based data firm, Cambridge Analytica, on the other hand, is yet to send a formal response to Government’s second notice as informed by an IT official. Once the replies from both the parties get sought, a view will be taken and reviewed for examination.
Meanwhile, a representative from Facebook said in an email statement, “We are committed to protecting people’s information and safeguarding the integrity of elections in India.”
We hope we have helped to answer important questions about the changes we have made to further protect users information as well as elections from abuse and exploitation including removing fake accounts, increasing ads transparency and reducing the spread of false news.
The IT official said that it is obvious that a lot of “correction” has been initiated by Facebook in its methods and procedures in the wake of concerns raised over the data leak issue.
The Indian government had shot off a notice to Facebook in March this year seeking answers whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by the UK-based Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity. It has also a second notice to social media giant as well data firm last month after finding discrepancies between the responses given by the two companies. The companies were asked to reply to the additional set of queries by May 10.
Facebook has been facing intense scrutiny from users as well as governments across the globe after it was hit by data leak scandal hit about 87 million users.