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Australian agency to probe Facebook after shocking revelation – The New Daily (April 2017)

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Australian’s privacy commissioner will conduct a formal investigation into Facebook after the US social media giant revealed up to one in 50 local users may have had their personal information accessed by Cambridge Analytica.

The 87 million Facebook users who had their information ‘scraped’ for Cambridge Analytica included over 310,000 Australians. This would appear to be shocking breach of the Commonwealth Privacy Act and both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have serious questions to answer. It is worth noting the app that made this possible was written by a university-based researcher and the information scraped without the knowledge (much less consent) of the users was then sold.

The probe will establish whether the Mark Zuckerberg-led multi-billion dollar behemoth breached the Australian privacy act.
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Facebook has admitted 311,127 Australian users are likely among the up to 87 million users worldwide whose data was unknowingly and “improperly” shared with the British political consultancy agency.
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“All organisations that are covered by the Privacy Act have obligations in relation to the personal information that they hold,” Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner privacy commissioner Angelene Falk said on Thursday.
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“This includes taking reasonable steps to ensure that personal information is held securely, and ensuring that customers are adequately notified about the collection and handling of their personal information.”

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