NEW DELHI: Social media giant Facebook said on Thursday that 5.62 lakh people in India were “potentially affected” by global data leak episode involving UK-based Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook has over 20 crore users in India and the Indian government last month had shot-off notices to both Facebook and Analytica on the data breach issue. Data mining firm Analytica has been accused of harvesting personal information of over millions of Facebook users illegally to influence polls in several countries.
Facebook had yesterday admitted that data on about 87 million people— mostly in the US— may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. A Facebook spokesperson said that while 335 people in India were directly affected through an app installation, another 562,120 people were potentially affected as friends of those users. “This yields a total of 562,455 potentially affected people in India, which is 0.6% of the global number of potentially affected people,” Facebook spokesperson added.
The company said it is “investigating” the specific number of people whose information was accessed, including those in India.