Facebook again on Government radar over data sharing

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) has sought an explanation from micro-blogging site Facebook over reports of data sharing without explicit consent of the users.

The Ministry has asked the facebook authorities to respond by June 20.

“Recently there are media reports claiming that Facebook has agreements which are allowing phone and other device manufacturers’ access to its users’ personal information, including that of their friends without taking their explicit consent,” a MeitY statement said on Thursday.

It said the government was deeply concerned about reports of such violations.

In response to earlier notices about breaches of personal data relating to the Cambridge Analytica episode, Facebook had apologised and given strong assurances to the Government that they would take sincere efforts to protect the privacy of users’ data on the platform.

However, such reports raise uncomfortable questions about the assurances made by Facebook, the statement added.


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