Cambridge Analytica's aftermath in the United States of America and India

Cambridge Analytica's aftermath in the United States of America and India

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITy) has sent a notice to data mining and analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, which is at the heart of the case involving alleged breach of Facebook user data, seeking information about its clients in India and whether it had harvested their user profiles.

OFFICERS for the Information Commission have begun to search of Cambridge Analytica's central London offices after a High Court judge granted a warrant.

"We're pleased with the decision of the judge", Denham's office said on Twitter.

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Cambridge Analytica is accused of harvesting personal data of Facebook users to influence elections in several countries including the U.S. presidential elections.

"We will now need to assess and consider the evidence before deciding the next steps and coming to any conclusions", according to a statement.

Last Saturday, the same day The New York Times and The Observer of London published a detailed look at the company's use of Facebook data, Ms. Denham's office announced an investigation into "the circumstances in which Facebook data may have been illegally acquired and used". "This Facebook data was not used by Cambridge Analytica as part of the services it provided to the Donald Trump presidential campaign; personality targeted advertising was not carried out for this client either", it said. The raid forms part of an investigation into its Facebook data harvesting. "While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn't change what happened in the past".

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Elizabeth Denham, head of the ICO, sought the warrant after a whistleblower said Cambridge Analytica had gathered private information of 50 million Facebook users to support Donald Trump's 2016 USA presidential campaign.

The scandal has spawned numerous lawsuits, and it has put significant pressure on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.

The company's acting CEO, Alexander Tayler, wrote in a Friday statement that he was "sorry that in 2014 SCL Elections (an affiliate of Cambridge Analytica) licensed Facebook data and derivatives from a research company (GSR) that had not received consent from most respondents". Recently Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder admitted to the "breach of trust" it caused to its users, and he apologized for the same. Cambridge Analytica tried to make me pay for that work but I refused.

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