Facebook to notify users of data breach

Facebook is today expected to start notifying the Australian users who may have been affected by its data breach.

Last week, Facebook admitted over 310,000 Aussies may have had their data shared with the British political consultancy agency Cambridge Analytica (CA).

It’s believed the Australian accounts were part of 87 million worldwide that were accessed for use in political campaigns, including Donald Trump’s run for president.


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All 2.2 billion Facebook users are expected to receive a notice titled “Protecting Your Information” that will link to information on which Facebook apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps.

SBS reports the Privacy Commissioner is investigating whether Facebook breached the Privacy Act, which requires organisations meet certain obligations including taking reasonable steps to ensure personal information is held securely.

If anyone has concerns about how their personal information has been collected or managed they can, in the first instance, contact Facebook directly and if not satisfied with their response they can contact the OAIC at oaic.gov.au or on 1300 363 992.

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Newsflash – Facebook is an AMERICAN company and the OAIC have NO POWER over them… Sure, the OAIC can tell them that they’re a horrible company, but that’s pretty much the extent of their powers.

If you’re worried about Facebook’s handling of personal data (and you should be!), delete your account… It’s not hard to pickup the phone and call your friends/family, send them a letter or an e-mail.