Facebook deals with Australian federal government personal privacy examination


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Facebook is now under examination by the Australian federal government.


The Australian federal government has actually verified it will open a main examination into the Facebook information scandal that saw information from 87 million Facebook user accounts shown Cambridge Analytica.

While most of users impacted by the Cambridge Analytica mess were based in the United States, Australia was the 10 th worst nation struck, according to figures launched Thursday by Facebook

It’s the most recent discovery in what has actually been a difficult month for Facebook, after it was exposed information from countless Facebook users was poorly shown Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy with ties to the Trump governmental project.

The initial variety of accounts was approximated at 50 million, however Facebook modified this figure up to 87 million onThursday Of these, Facebook approximated 300,000 accounts come fromAustralians

As an outcome, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has actually verified it will perform an examination to identify whether Facebook breached Australia’s PrivacyAct

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In a statement, acting Australian Information Commissioner and acting Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said her office will confer with international authorities as part of the investigation.

“All organisations that are covered by the Privacy Act have obligations in relation to the personal information that they hold,” Falk said in a statement.

“This includes taking reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is held securely, and ensuring that customers are adequately notified about the collection and handling of their personal information.”

In a statement provided to CNET, Facebook said it would work with the OAIC throughout the investigation.

“We are strongly committed to protecting people’s information, and we will be fully responsive to OAIC’s investigation,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “We’ve recently made significant updates to make our privacy tools easier to find, restrict data access on Facebook, and make our Terms and Data Policy clearer. Overall, we believe these changes will better protect people’s information — we know we have more work to do, and we’ll keep our community updated as we make more changes.”

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