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Govt asks Facebook to explain data sharing with phone makers

09-June-2018
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Govt asks Facebook to explain data sharing with phone makers

The government has asked social networking giant Facebook to explain if it allowed phone and other device manufacturers access its users' data without taking their consent, according to media reports.

"The government of India is deeply concerned about reports of such lapses and violations," the IT Ministry was quoted as stating in media reports.

The ministry reportedly said that in response to earlier notices during the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook had apologised and given strong assurances to the government that they would take sincere efforts to protect the privacy of users' data. However, such reports raise uncomfortable questions about the assurances made by Facebook.

"Therefore, the Ministry of Electronics and IT has sought an explanation from Facebook seeking a detailed factual report... Facebook has been asked to respond by June 20," the statement reportedly added.

Earlier this week, Facebook admitted that it shared user data with some phone and other device manufacturing companies.

Facebook's confirmation came a day after a report in the media that the social media giant provided access to users' data to at least 60 different device makers.

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