Israel opens investigation into Facebook over Cambridge Analytica

PHOTO: A photo illustration showing various Facebook logos on a computer screen, March 20, 2018 in Paris, France.PlayPhoto Illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images
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Israel's privacy regulatory authority announced Thursday that it has opened an investigation into Facebook's activities, following reports that the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had misused information from up to 50 million Facebook accounts.

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Israel's Privacy Protection Authority, which regulates personal digital information, said it had launched the probe into the tech giant in response to reports “on the transfers of personal data from Facebook to Cambridge Analytica, and the possibility of other infringements of the privacy law regarding Israelis."

PHOTO: A photo illustration showing various Facebook logos on a computer screen, March 20, 2018 in Paris, France.Photo Illustration by Chesnot/Getty Images
A photo illustration showing various Facebook logos on a computer screen, March 20, 2018 in Paris, France.

It said it would “investigate whether personal data of Israeli citizens was illegally used in a way that infringes upon their right to privacy” and Israeli privacy protection law.

The regulatory authority said it had informed Facebook of the move today.

PHOTO: Pedestrians pass the building which houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London, March 21, 2018.Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images
Pedestrians pass the building which houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London, March 21, 2018.

The Privacy Protection Authority noted that, according to Israeli law, "personal data may only be used to the purpose for which it was given, with the consent of the individual."

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

ABC News' Jordana Miller reported from Jerusalem.

PHOTO: Signs for the company Cambridge Analytica in the lobby of the building in which they are based in London, England, on March 21, 2018. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
Signs for the company Cambridge Analytica in the lobby of the building in which they are based in London, England, on March 21, 2018.

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