Data breach scandal: Govt refuses to share Facebook's response citing confidentiality

Data breach scandal: Govt refuses to share Facebook's response citing confidentiality

It was asked to provide copy of replies received from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica on the notices sent by the ministry.

The Indian government has refused to share copies of responses received from the US-based social media giant Facebook over global data breach scandal involving London-based data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, saying the information was shared by the companies “in confidence”. 

“The responses received cannot be shared since the companies have shared (it) in confidence. They have requested to treat the information contained in their letter as confidential and has furnished (it) only for use of authority,” the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in reply to an RTI query filed by this PTI correspondent.

It was asked to provide copy of replies received from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica on the notices sent by the ministry.

Facebook had in April admitted that nearly 5.62 lakh people in India were "potentially affected" by its global data breach involving Cambridge Analytica, and asserted that the UK-based firm’s use of such data did not have its consent.