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Philippines says wants to probe Facebook over data breach

AFP  |  Manila 

The said today it was investigating the breach of data of its citizens who use Facebook, after a massive leak of user information to British political consultancy

has written to requiring the chief to submit to the government body documents that would shed light on the scope and impact of the leak on Filipino users.

"We are launching an investigation into to determine whether there is of personal data of Filipinos," said a copy of the letter, released to the press today.

The letter, dated Wednesday, said 1.18 million Filipino users "may have been affected by the incident".

"The has exceeded user growth projections and now has more than 67 million active Facebook users. It is our duty to protect the data privacy interests of these users, and to provide those affected with avenues for redress," the letter added.

founder apologised in US congressional hearings this week over how his company has handled the growing furore over

Zuckerberg said Facebook had "failed" to protect people's information following the use by of data scraped from 87 million Facebook users to target political ads ahead of the 2016 US

Separately, Philippine today rejected suggestions in the local press that his election campaign team worked with Cambridge Analytica in his successful 2016 presidential run.

"I don't know them. Honestly, I don't believe in surveys," he told a conference in his southern home city of

"And why would I pay these fools from Cambridge to work for my campaign? I might have lost with them," he added.

The local press this week published a photograph supposedly showing Duterte election campaign officials sharing a meal with the Cambridge Analytica in 2015, a year before the

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 18:25 IST