JAKARTA (Reuters) – Social media large Fb has assured the Indonesian authorities that non-public knowledge of about a million of its residents had not been improperly accessed by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
Fb has confronted intense scrutiny, together with a number of official investigations in america, Europe and Australia, over allegations of improper use of information for 87 million Fb customers by Cambridge Analytica.
Indonesia, the place greater than 115 million folks use Fb, has additionally been urgent the agency to elucidate how its residents’ private knowledge was harvested by Cambridge Analytica through a character quiz.
“Fb has reported to the Communications Ministry that no knowledge from any Indonesian customers was collected,” Deputy Communications Minister Semuel Pangerapan mentioned on Friday.
A Fb official had instructed members of parliament in April that 1,096,666 folks in Indonesia might have had their knowledge shared, or 1.26 p.c of the worldwide whole.
This led Communications Minister Rudiantara, who goes by one title, to briefly threaten to close down Fb in Indonesia if private knowledge was discovered to have been breached.
However Fb instructed Reuters on Thursday it had solely indicated the variety of Indonesian customers “who may probably have had their knowledge accessed, not essentially misused”.
“Each public data and current proof strongly point out Aleksandr Kogan didn’t present Cambridge Analytica or (its dad or mum) SCL with knowledge on individuals who use Fb in Indonesia,” it added, referring to the researcher linked to the scandal.
Fb says Kogan harvested knowledge by creating an app on the platform that was downloaded by 270,000 folks, offering entry not solely to their very own but additionally their buddies’ private knowledge.
Pangerapan mentioned he believed Fb had improved choices for customers to restrict entry to knowledge, however didn’t say whether or not authorities would proceed their inquiry.
The Indonesian communications ministry had despatched a letter to the corporate in April in search of affirmation on technical measures to restrict entry to knowledge in Fb and extra data on an audit the social media firm was doing.
Britain’s data regulator on Wednesday slapped a small however symbolic fantastic of 500,000 kilos on Fb for breaches of information safety regulation, within the first transfer by a regulator to punish the social media large for the controversy.
Reporting by Fanny Potkin & Cindy Silviana; Enhancing by Himani Sarkar