EU, British lawmakers asks Facebook's chief to clarify data breach

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Amid probe by USA privacy watchdog and British lawmakers over a potential breach of user confidentiality by Facebook, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Indian government fully supports freedom of press, speech and expression and is all for free exchange of ideas on social media.

The co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign Arron Banks has repeatedly insisted that Cambridge Analytica helped with pro-Brexit campaigns during the run-up to the 2016 referendum.

A probe by the FTC would add further pressure on the social media giant which faces calls by Britain's Parliament and the European Commission for urgent investigations, while United States lawmakers have called on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to appear before Congress.

Asked if the government would initiate a probe on data use by Facebook, Prasad said that India had a regulator in the form of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), and in case of any specific complaints, the same would be taken under a structured investigation.

Alexandr Kogan told BBC on Wednesday he believed all the information he provided was obtained legitimately.

The firm is accused of using the data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Kushner's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Facebook said it was pressing Cambridge Analytica for answers, after getting assurances from the firm in 2015 that it had deleted all data.

"It's shocking to my conscience, just as it is shocking to many other people's conscience, that we have been used in such a way and possibly manipulated to even bear hate to our friends because of information fed to us by Facebook", Jackson said.

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"A statement from Facebook stated: "The entire company is outraged we were deceived" by Cambridge Analytica".

"Of course we didn't win the designation therefore we didn't go ahead with them", Banks said by telephone. It said it had no indication of a formal investigation. "If they don't do something pretty soon, people are going to realize they can't trust Facebook anymore".

He also said he hopes that there may be a "silver lining" to the current controversy, a discussion about how social media companies like Facebook use personal information to sell ads. In a similar report, The Washington Post said if the FTC ultimately finds that Facebook broke that agreement, it could fine the company $40,000 for each violation.

British corporate records show that Alexander Nix, the suspended chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, is also director of a company called Emerdata Ltd. that was incorporated in August 2017.

US Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called on TuesdayMarch 20 for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in Congress. Twitter tumbled 10% and Snap Inc. lost 3% on Tuesday.

But in his book on the European Union referendum, Banks said that Cambridge Analytica was "hired" in 2015 to "develop messages" for voters. The committee interviewed Nix by video teleconference, according to the Congressional official, but a transcript of that interview has not yet been made public.

Facebook says the data was taken without its knowledge and has launched its own investigation into CA.


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