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Over 1m Indonesian users affected in Facebook privacy scandal

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, April 6, 2018  /  02:35 pm
Over 1m Indonesian users affected in Facebook privacy scandal

People are seen as silhouettes as they check mobile devices whilst standing against an illuminated wall bearing Facebook Inc.s logo in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (Bloomberg/Chris Ratcliffe)

Over 1 million Indonesians reportedly had their Facebook information "improperly shared with [political consultancy firm] Cambridge Analytica", according to Facebook on Wednesday.

The number accounts for 1.3 percent of the total 87 million users affected by the privacy scandal.

According to Statista, Indonesia has the fourth-most Facebook users with 130 million, below India (250 million), the United States (230 million) and Brazil (130 million).

The US was named the most affected of Facebook users in the scandal, with 70,632,350 people, or 81.6 percent, followed by the Philippines (1,175,870 people, 1.4 percent) and then Indonesia in third position.

The tech company stated that they would show users "a link at the top of their News Feed so they can see what apps they use — and the information they have shared with those apps" starting April 9. "People will also be able to remove apps that they no longer want," the statement reads, adding that it would also "tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica".

Read also: Facebook says data leak hits 87 million users, widening privacy scandal

Following this statement, Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara told that the ministry had started coordinating with the National Police (Polri) to get law enforcement moving as soon as possible. 

"Improper use of data by an electronic system operator may violate a Communications and Information Ministry regulation on private data protection and the Electronic Information and Transactions [ITE] Law," he said on Thursday. "The sanctions could be from an administrative sanction, up to 12 years' penal sanction and up to Rp 12 billion [US$840,000] in fines."

Rudiantara added that the ministry would not hesitate to block Facebook when necessary; however, the mechanism would have to go through the procedure and regulation implemented in Indonesia.

"If the government has to block [Facebook], we will block it," he said. (kes)

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