Australia privacy chief to probe Facebook over data breach

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The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology says in a statement Friday it has asked the National Police to investigate possible violations of Indonesia's privacy law a day after Facebook announced that personal data of more than 1 million Indonesians might have been exposed by political consultant Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook Inc. said on Wednesday the personal information of up to 87 million users, mostly in the United States, may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million.

And let's not forget that the company gave Zuckerberg and others the power to remove personal information, while at the same time distributing massive quantities of personal data to entities like Cambridge Analytica. Now, the added 37 million proves the earlier reports were just the tip of the iceberg.

Mr Zuckerberg said on Wednesday he accepted blame for the data leak and should have done more to audit and oversee third-party app developers like the one that Cambridge Analytica hired in 2014. Facebook executives took almost five days to respond to the Cambridge Analytica reports. "As part of this process, we will also tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica".

The aforementioned "unsend" feature has reportedly been in the works for a couple of months, with Facebook relaying the following to BGR. Australia is the bottom one with around 311,000 users. "We didn't take a broad enough view of what our responsibility is, and that was a huge mistake".

Those restrictions apply to the Events, Groups, Pages and Instagram Platform APIs, as well as the Facebook Login.

Facebook said the "scraping" had been discovered in the past few weeks, but didn't disclose it until it had been confirmed and the company had a chance to gather all the details.

A full list of changes can be found on Facebook's website.

It's far from certain what action, if any, the GOP-led Congress and the Trump administration might take against Facebook, but the company will nearly certainly oppose any efforts to regulate it or the technology business sector more broadly. Time of calls will no longer be uploaded, either.

Sandberg also shone some more light on a second apparent data crisis at Facebook: the news that "most" of the company's billions of accounts have had their data "scraped" by unknown third parties abusing a user search tool. Even in its reply to government Facebook is silent on the identity of the 335 directly exposed users and those impacted indirectly. "When you are building something like Facebook, which is unprecedented in the world, there are things that you are going to mess up".

Facebook admits that the app scrapped the data of the 335 Indian Facebook users who had installed the app first and then the data of friends of these 335 Indians totaling 5,62,120 users too was stolen.

Zuckerberg said during a March 21 interview on CNN that he would be "happy" to testify before Congress, but only if he was the right person to do that. "We thought the data had been deleted and we should have checked". It's not always easy to understand what the online services are doing with your data.

The company is facing a global backlash over the improper data-sharing scandal.

Facebook users whose data may have been accessed by Cambridge Analytica, by country.