India cautions Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on data-theft
The Government of India on Wednesday cautioned Facebook chief Marc Zuckerberg against any attempt of ‘data theft or abuse’ of 20 crore Indians and said any such attempt will not be tolerated and that he could be even “summoned” in India.
“Mr Marc Zuckerberg you better note, if any data theft or abuse of data is done by using the Facebook system this shall not be tolerated. We have stringent power under the IT Act including summoning you in India,” Union IT Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.
He said the recent developments wherein the role of data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has created uproar worldwide, relates to “national security” and “fairness of election system”.
“This also relates to Congress party,” he alleged citing numerous media reports those claimed that the principal Opposition party has been enlisting the services of this organisation in the past.
“As IT and Law Minister of India, let me make it very very clear, we fully support freedom of press and freedom of speech and free exchange of ideas on social media, but any attempt — covert or overt — on social media including, Facebook, and trying to influence India’s electoral process through undesirable means will neither be appreciated nor tolerated,” Prasad said.