NPC opens investigation on Facebook data breach impact to Filipinos

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED April 16, 2018 08:48 am
Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

(Inside Manila) The country’s privacy watchdog wants Facebook to submit documents that would shed some light into the effects of the global data privacy scandal the social media giant has been dealing with.

In a formal letter addressed to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) is requiring Facebook to submit a number of documents relevant to the case, to establish the scope and impact of the incident to Filipino data subjects.

“We are launching an investigation into Facebook to determine whether there is unauthorized processing of personal data of Filipinos, and other possible violations of the Data Privacy Act of 2012,” an excerpt of the letter sent to Zuckerberg reads.

The NPC also said Facebook has 15 days upon receipt of the letter to respond. Failure to comply will prompt the NPC to undertake "further corrective actions to protect the interests of Filipino data subjects."

Facebook has been dealing with a user data breach scandal involving UK-based consulting firm specializing in data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis Cambridge Analytica.

The political consulting firm allegedly harvested millions of Facebook users’ data to manipulate people and influence electoral process of some countries including the US.

According to Facebook’s estimates, of the 87 million users affected, the Philippines had the second highest affected users (1,175,870) next to the United States (70,632,350).

The Facebook founder apologized in the US congressional hearings last week over how his company has handled the growing furore over online privacy. He also assured users that Facebook is doing everything to correct its mistakes and to further improve user experience.

READ: How to check if you're among the 1.18 million Filipinos affected by Facebook data breach scandal



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