Over 1m Indonesian users affected in Facebook privacy scandal

Over 1m Indonesian users affected in Facebook privacy scandal


Jakarta — Over one million Indonesians reportedly had their Facebook information “improperly shared with political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica”, according to Facebook on Wednesday (04/04). The number accounts 1.3 percent of the total 87 million users affected by the privacy scandal. According to Statista, Indonesia has the fourth-most Facebook users, below India (250 million), United States (230 million) and Brazil (130 million). The U.S. was named the most affected of Facebook users in the scandal, with 70,632,350 people, or 81.3 percent, followed by the Philippines (1,175,870 people, 1.4 percent) and then Indonesia in the third position. The tech company stated they would show uisers “a link at the top of their News Feed so they can see what apps they use – and the information they have shared with those apps” starting April 9. “People will also be able to remove apps that they no longer want,” the statement reads, adding that they would also “tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.” Following this statement, Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara told kompas.com that the ministry had started coordinating with the National Police (Polri) to get law enforcement moving as soon as possible. “Improper use of data by an electric system operator may violate a Communication and¬† Information Ministry regulation on private data protection and the Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE) Law,” he said on Thursday (05/04). “The sanction could be from an administration sanction, up to 12 years’ penal sanction and up to Rp 12 billion (US$840,000) in fines. Rudiantara added that the ministry would not hesitate to block Facebook when necessary. However, the mechanism would have to go through the procedure and regulation implemented in Indonesia.

Source: thejakartapost.com/kompas.com