Australian privacy commissioner investigating Facebook data breach

Cambridge Analytica using data obtained from Facebook to take election campaigns “to the next level”. Photo: AP. Courtesy: SMH

The Australian government has raised the possibility of regulatory action against Facebook following a massive data breach. 

Australian information and privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim, in a statement, said his office was contacting Facebook to find out whether Australians had been caught up in the privacy breach that affected 50 million users worldwide.

The data breach involved Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy firm linked to the Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. 

“I am aware of the reports that users’ Facebook profile information was acquired and used without authorisation,” Mr Pilgrim said.

“My Office is making inquiries with Facebook to ascertain whether any personal information of Australians was involved,” he said in a statement.

“I will consider Facebook’s response and whether any further regulatory action is required.”

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