Philippines to probe Facebook data breach

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed reports that he had help from Cambridge Analytica to win the elections in 2016, saying that he does not "even know what it is".
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed reports that he had help from Cambridge Analytica to win the elections in 2016, saying that he does not "even know what it is".PHOTO: REUTERS

It will determine if there was unauthorised processing of 1.2 million Filipino users' data

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2018, with the headline 'Philippines to probe Facebook data breach'. Print Edition | Subscribe