Colombia tells Facebook to boost security for users’ data

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  • Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 10, 2019 the Facebook logo is seen on a phone in this photo illustration in Washington, DC. - Facebook said on February 12, 2020 it purged dozens of accounts linked to Russian military intelligence in the latest effort to root out manipulation and disinformation of the huge social network. Other accounts originating in Iran, Vietnam and Myanmar were also blocked on Facebook and Instagram for "engaging in foreign or government interference," Facebook head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher said. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP)

BOGOTA: Colombia on Feb 17 issued an ultimatum to Facebook, telling the Silicon Valley-based tech giant it must strengthen its security measures to better protect users' personal data in the Andean country.

Facebook has until June 14 to implement useful and effective new security measures to prevent unauthorised or fraudulent use of personal data, the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce said in a statement.

Security improvements will help protect the 31 million Colombians who have Facebook accounts, the SIC said.

Similar measures against Facebook have previously been adopted by Australia, Canada, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Holland, Ireland and New Zealand.

"A company as vital to global cybersecurity as Facebook... has a duty to be more than diligent in processing data," the SIC said. "The company should not hold back from improving security for all of its users, as demanded by regulators."

The social media site is not the first Silicon Valley company to face the wrath of the SIC. In December, ride-hailing company Uber was ordered to cease operations in the South American country after the SIC said it had violated competition rules.

Facebook must certify that it has made security improvements through an external audit firm, the SIC said.

A spokesman for Facebook told Reuters the company would not comment on the decision by Colombian regulators. – Reuters

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