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After it was revealed over 311,127 Australians were caught up in the improper use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has opened an official investigation into the social media giant.

The investigation will consider whether Facebook has breached the Privacy Act 1988.

In a statement on Thursday, acting Information and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said given the global nature of the matter, the OAIC will confer with regulatory authorities internationally.

"All organisations that square measure coated by the Privacy Act have obligations in relevancy the non-public info that they hold," she said.

 "This includes taking cheap steps to make sure that private info is control firmly, and guaranteeing that customers square measure adequately notified concerning the gathering and handling of their personal info."

While over three hundred,000 users UN agency had their info put-upon hailed from Australia, the country was the tenth hardest hit by the scandal globally. Overall, info on up to eighty seven million users, principally from the North American nation, was admitted by Facebook as being "improperly shared" with Cambridge Analytica.


Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg same throughout a group discussion that the eighty seven million figure was a "conservative estimate" of users UN agency may well be affected. 

Taking nearly AN hour's price of queries from reporters, Zuckerberg same Facebook up to the present purpose hasn't taken a broad enough read of its responsibility to shield user information and forestall abuse of the platform.

"That was an enormous mistake, that was my mistake," he said.

An investigation was last week opened by New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards who said Facebook denied it had it breached the NZ Privacy Act 1993 and refused to cooperate with the commissioner's requests.

"The social media company said the Privacy Act did not apply to it and it did not have to comply with the commissioner's request to review the information requested by the complainant," Edwards wrote.

The commissioner found Facebook was subject to the Privacy Act and had fundamentally failed to engage with the Act. He said Facebook's position that the Privacy Act did not apply to it was surprising and contrary to its own Data Policy in regards to responding to legal requests for any personal information it held.

Sections 91 and 92 of the Act, however, require agencies to comply with requests from the commissioner for information withheld by those agencies from individuals.

"Due to Facebook ignoring a statutory demand the commissioner was unable to review the material requested by the complainant and unable to arrive at a view that Facebook was justified in properly withholding information from the complainant," the commissioner's office said. "This prevented the commissioner from being able to address the complaint under the statutory process."

Zuckerberg will testify to US Congress on Wednesday to answer questions about privacy and how the company handles user data.

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