New Delhi– The government is committed to data protection and is taking steps in the reported data leak through Facebook, Union Law and IT Minister Ravi Shakar Prasad said on Thursday.

“We have given notices to both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. We will wait for their response before initiating action,” Prasad told the media.

“We have said it earlier too that we are fully committed to data protection and will take any breach very seriously,” he added.

Cambridge Analytica is a British firm that harvests voters’ data to be used to its clients’ advantage in elections. The firm had harvested data of 50 million Facebook users and influenced several elections across the globe, including the 2016 US presidential polls. (IANS)