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Don't brush off data scandal

Facebook's growing data privacy scandal reached Singapore's shores last week, when it was made known that more than 65,000 local users had their account information shared improperly with data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.

Since then, the social media firm has suspended other companies that have also shared personal user information with marketers or for political use, such as Canadian data firm AggregateIQ.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2018, with the headline 'Don't brush off data scandal'. Print Edition | Subscribe