Data har­vest­ing fears

Southeast Asia Globe - - Panorama -

Po­lice in In­done­sia have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion against Facebook regarding data breaches re­lated to the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica scan­dal. An al­leged 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple were af­fected by the breach in In­done­sia, which holds one of the largest num­bers of Facebook users in the world. With no ex­plicit data pro­tec­tion law cur­rently in place – though the govern­ment hopes to pass such leg­is­la­tion this year – in­ves­ti­ga­tions will prove tricky. At a par­lia­men­tary hear­ing this month, MPs grilled Facebook In­done­sia's chief of public pol­icy Ruben Hat­tari, de­mand­ing an­swers as to how the data was used, and ex­pressed worry that the in­for­ma­tion could be ma­nip­u­lated for po­lit­i­cal cam­paign­ing. “Can you con­vince me that what hap­pened in the US won't hap­pen here in this year of re­gional elec­tions?” asked MP Evita Nur­santy.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zucker­berg has come un­der fire for the plat­form's mas­sive data breaches

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