Israel to launch probe into Facebook over privacy scandal

The Israeli Justice Ministry has said it will launch an investigation into potential infringement of Israeli users' information, amid a worldwide scandal involving the social media company.
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Israel's Privacy Protection Authority has informed Facebook that it is opening an investigation into it in light of the reports of the hijacking of personal user information and its transfer to a data-mining company.

In a statement on Thursday, the authority – a department within the Israeli Justice Ministry – said it will also look into other possible cases of infringement of Israelis' personal information.

Facebook came under fire after it was reported that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that worked for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, used information obtained from roughly 50 million users.

On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence and admitted that mistakes had been made. "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," he wrote on his Facebook page. "I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again."



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