New Delhi: The Government has asked social media giant Facebook to explain its stand over reports of it sharing users’ data sharing without explicit consent. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has asked for a detailed factual report from Facebook by June 20.

Recent reports in the media claimed that the social media platform has made agreements which are allowing mobile phone and other device manufacturers’ access to its users’ personal information including that of their friends without taking their explicit consent. The IT Ministry said it is deeply concerned about reports of such lapses and violations.

In a statement, the Ministry said that in response to earlier notices about breaches of personal data relating to the Cambridge Analytica episode, Facebook had apologized and given strong assurances to the Government of India that they will take sincere efforts to protect the privacy of users’ data on the platform.  However, such reports raise uncomfortable questions about the assurances made by Facebook.