Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, while addressing media persons in Delhi, today issued a warning to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the midst of allegations of data breach against Facebook. Prasad said that if need arises, Zuckerberg can even be summoned to India.
The IT minister said, “Mr Mark Zuckerberg, if any data theft of Indians is done with the collusion of Facebook systems, it will not be tolerated. We have got stringent powers in the IT Act, which includes you being summoned to India.”
Prasad’s statement comes in the light of allegations by Britain’s Channel 4 that in 2014, New York-based data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) gathered private data of Facebook users to influence elections in many countries. Interestingly, India also went to polls in 2014.
The minister also accused Indian National Congress of having links with the data analytics firm, an accusation, which Congress has denied vehemently.