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Jakarta Post

House postpones hearing with Facebook over alleged data breach

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 11, 2018   /   05:07 pm
House postpones hearing with Facebook over alleged data breach An illustration picture taken through a magnifying glass on March 28 in Moscow shows the icon for the social networking app Facebook on a smart phone screen. Facebook said on March 28 it would overhaul its privacy settings tools. (AFP/ Mladen Antonov)

The House of Representatives has postponed a hearing with US-based social networking website Facebook’s Indonesian representatives, which had been scheduled for Wednesday. The Facebook representatives should have given their testimonies in the hearing about recent reports on data breaches that have allegedly affected the platform's users in Indonesia.

House Commission I, which oversees IT, defense and foreign affairs, had to postpone the hearing because Facebook representatives scheduled to give their testimonies were unable to attend Wednesday’s hearing in Jakarta.

“Facebook’s vice president for Southeast Asia, who we expected to come, and other officials couldn’t show up as they were summoned by Singapore’s parliament,” House Commission I member from the Golkar Party, Meutya Hafid, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. She further said the hearing had been rescheduled to next Tuesday.

Last week, Facebook revealed more than 1 million users from Indonesia might have had their personal information improperly shared with political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. Indonesia has the fourth-highest number of Facebook users in the world, reaching 130 million people.

The reported violations have led Indonesian experts and activists to put more pressure on the government and the House to immediately pass the long-awaited personal data protection bill. (ebf)