Indonesian Parliament Demands Facebook Hand Over Audit on Data Leak

Meutya Hafid, a legislator from House Commission I.

Jakarta,cMINA — Indonesian parliament has demanded Facebook hand over its audit on the data leak that had affected millions of users, anticipating the leak could be inappropriately used for political interest related to the upcoming elections in the country, Xinhua reported.

The demand was conveyed by legislators in the parliament’s Commission I in a hearing held here on Tuesday with Facebook Indonesia Public Policy chief Ruben Hattari and Facebook Asia-Pacific Public Policy chief Simon Milner.

A legislator at the commission, Meutya Hafid, said that document of Facebook audit must be handed over within one month after the hearing, so as to ensure the nation has enough anticipating steps should the leak be found to be apparently leading to political misconduct that may affect results of Indonesian elections.

“We have to know that the data was used by which party and for what purpose,” she said on the sidelines of the hearing held in the parliamentary building.

Should Facebook fails to do so, the parliament would recommend the government take moratorium step against Facebook in its operation in Indonesia, she added.

Facebook is the most popular social media app in Indonesia, subscribed by 115 million of over its total population of 260 million in the country.

Indonesia was set to hold simultaneous regional elections in 171 provinces, regencies and municipalities in June this year. .(T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)