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CBI BOOKS TWO UK BASED FIRMS ON ILLEGAL HARVESTING OF USERS' DATA FROM FACEBOOK SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM

January 22, 2021 10:26 PM

  New Delhi (Face2News)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Rreported to have registered a case against two UK based firms u/s 120(B) of IPC, 66B, 85, 43(a) r/w 66 of IT Act 2000. Earlier, a preliminary enquiry was conducted by CBI based on a complaint from Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology(GoI).

It was revealed in the enquiry that the founder & Director of first UK based company had allegedly created an app "thisisyourdigitallife" and this app was authorized to collect specific data of its users in Facebook (FB) as per their platform policy.

It was alleged that the app illegally harvested additional data of FB users and of their friends on FB. It was further alleged that 335 Indians had installed the app and data of approximately 5.62 lakh FB friends of these users was unauthorizedly harvested by the app without their consent. It was also alleged that the said company entered into conspiracy with second UK based company during 2014 and gave right to use this illegally harvested data to second company for commercial purpose.Investigation is continuing.

 
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