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Facebook faces international probe in the Philippines

By Sheetal Sukhija, Washington DC News
14 Apr 2018, 00:37 GMT+10

MANILA, Philippines - Amid a spiralling scandal that has already had a huge financial impact on the world’s biggest social networking site, Facebook, another international investigation was launched into the scandal.

On Friday, the Philippines announced that it is launching an official inquiry over revelations that information from tens of millions of its users were accessed by data research firm Cambridge Analytica.

Regulators said that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had not sufficiently explained what went wrong.

In a letter addressed to Zuckerberg, the Philippines National Privacy Commission said, "We acknowledge the communications of your global and regional representatives made directly to our office. Unfortunately, your response has been generic and inadequate to satisfy the mounting concerns of Filipino users.”

The probe comes a week after Facebook said that nearly 1.2 million of its users in the Philippines may have had their data exposed to Cambridge Analytica.

The declaration was significant in the Philippines because the number of users impacted in the country was more than any other country outside the U.S.

According to Facebook, 87 million users around the world were impacted by the data scandal. 

However, Cambridge Analytica has disputed that figure.

Australia and Indonesia have already launched investigations into Facebook’s role in the scandal.

The Philippines has said in its announcement that it will examine whether the company's actions breached its local privacy laws.

Further, local reports revealed that the country's privacy commission has given Facebook 15 days from receiving the letter to provide more documentation on how it collects data from Filipino users. 

Further, Facebook is expected to provide details on how Facebook users in the country were affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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