India has asked social media company Facebook to the media reports of sharing users data without their explicit consent. The deadline given Facebook is 20th June.

“Recently there are media reports claiming that Facebook has agreements which are allowing phone and other device manufacturers access to its users’ personal information, including that of their friends, without taking their explicit consent. The Government of India is deeply concerned about reports of such lapses/violations,” the statement said.

“The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has sought an explanation from Facebook seeking a detailed factual report on the issue. Facebook has been asked to respond by June 20.”

In a statement, the ministry of electronics and information technology said that recently there have been media reports claiming that Facebook has agreements which are allowing phone and other device manufacturers’ access to its users’ personal information, including that of their friends without taking their explicit consent. “The Government of India is deeply concerned about reports of such lapses/violations.”

Facebook faced criticism in the United States from Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Who demanded that the social media company be more forthcoming about data it has shared with four Chinese firms.

The government of India added in its statement that in response to earlier notices about breaches of personal data relating to the Cambridge Analytica episode. In which Facebook had apologized. And also, given strong assurances to the Government of India that they would take sincere efforts to protect the privacy of users’ data on the platform.