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Cambridge Analytica row: Parliamentary panel debates on summoning FB brass

Cambridge Analytica row: Parliamentary panel debates on summoning FB brass

The parliamentary standing committee on information and technology, which on Wednesday debated for considerable time whether it can summon Facebook top brass following reports that its user data was leaked for unauthorised electoral use in India.

Sources requesting anonymity said the Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba and National Cyber Security chief Dr Gulshan Rai, along with other cyber security and intelligence officers, were present at the meeting.

They have explained that the Indian government can enforce the law of the land to seek Facebook's accountability for its operations in the country.

It is learnt that members of the parliamentary panel headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur were of the view that a Facebook representative's appearance could be sought before the committee to record the evidence and explanation on citizens' data security and breach of privacy.

It has been alleged that 87 million Facebook users' data was leaked to Cambridge Analytica worldwide, which mined the data to assist political and other clients.

Parliamentary standing committee on information and technology on Wednesday Sources present in the meeting told ET on the conditions of anonymity that the entire committee members unanimously wanted to explore if Facebook's appearance before the parliamentary panel can be sought to get its explanation on citizen data security.