Communication ministry sends second warning letter to Facebook

Communication ministry sends second warning letter to Facebook

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Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Communication and Informatics have sent a second written warning to Facebook on Tuesday over the misuse of personal data by a third party.

The letter, signed by Director General of Informatics Application Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, contained another warning to Facebook Indonesia to provide confirmation and explanation with regard to the issue of misuse of personal information by third party applications using Facebook`s platform.

In a statement received Wednesday, the ministry has called on Facebook to give assurance on the protection of personal information in accordance with Regulation of Minister of Communication and Informatics No. 20 of 2016 on the Protection of Personal Information in Electronic Systems.

Facebook, as an electronic system organizer, is obligated to meet the standards outlined in the regulation on the protection of personal information.

With regard to applications or features developed by third parties, the Ministry of Communications and Informatics has called on Facebook to immediately provide the results of an audit of applications and features, developed by its partners.

Written reports of the audit results are needed to evaluate potential problems arising from applications and features developed by partners of Facebook, including the use of personal data taken by its partners.

The ministry found additional company information that allegedly resembled Cambridge Analytica, such as CubeYou and AgregateIQ.

Applications in the form of quizzes and personality tests were potentially used for abuse of personal data of Facebook users.

To this end, the ministry has urged Facebook to close the application and/or quiz feature for personality tests to prevent potential abuse of personal data of its users in Indonesia.

The Ministry of Communications and Informatics had earlier issued the first warning letter on Apr 5, which prompted Facebook to guarantee the protection of personal data, provide the results of the application audit plan and features developed by partners, and close the application or quiz feature associated with Cambrigde Anaytica Case.

In response, the government has received two official letters from Facebook via three mails, but the Ministry of Communications and Informatics assessed that the explanation furnished was still inadequate and has yet to include data sought by the Indonesian government.

Consequently, the steps and stages of compliance with legislation and regulations are carried out in protecting the rights of the people.

Reported by Dyah Dwi A
(UU.KR-ARC/INE)
(UU.KR-ARC/A/KR-BSR/F001)

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