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    Israel Opens Investigation Into Facebook Over Data Privacy Scandal

     Israel’s Justice Ministry opened an investigation into Facebook on Thursday over possible privacy law infringements after revelations the British consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica improperly used the data of some 50 million Facebook users.
    The Israeli Privacy Protection Authority, a branch of the Justice Ministry, informed Facebook that it opened investigation “following the publications on the transfers of personal data from Facebook to Cambridge Analytica, and the possibility of other infringements of the privacy law regarding Israelis.”?
    The probe will look into whether Israelis’ personal data was “illegally used in a way that infringes upon their right to privacy and the provisions of the Israeli Privacy Law.”
    Britain-based Cambridge Analytica came under scrutiny at the weekend when a whistleblower who helped set up the company told The Guardian newspaper that information from about 50 million Facebook users was taken without their consent in work the firm did for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
    Cambridge Analytica has denied accusations of wrongdoing. Facebook faces an investigation by the US?Federal Trade Commission, with chief executive Mark Zuckerberg admitting Wednesday that the social media giant “made mistakes” and was involved in a “breach of trust.”

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