Philippines to probe data breach involving 1.2m Filipino Facebook users

Outside of the US, the Philippines was the source of the most amount of Facebook data collected by Cambridge Analytica.
Outside of the US, the Philippines was the source of the most amount of Facebook data collected by Cambridge Analytica.PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA - The Philippines will investigate reports that a British consulting firm at the centre of a data mining scandal linked to the 2016 United States presidential race harvested information on about 1.2 million Filipino Facebook users.

The aim is to "determine whether there is unauthorised processing of personal data of Filipinos, and other possible violations of the Data Privacy Act of 2012", National Privacy Commission (NPC) head Raymund Liboro said in a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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