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CAPE TOWN - The Facebook data breach reportedly affected 96 134 South African users.

This comes after Facebook reportedly responded to a letter from the department of justice’s Information Regulator, reports Business Tech.

Users data were gained through an app called “thisisyourdigitallife” which is essentially a personality test that was developed by Cambridge University academic, Aleksandr Kogan. 

Currently, 96 134 local users were affected by the breach. 

This is an increase from the earlier 59 777 affected users that was earlier reported. 

Responding to questions posed by the Weekend Argus, the Saturday Star’s sister newspaper, about the data breach, Facebook on Tuesday said 33 South African users downloaded the application and “59 777 users were potentially impacted in South Africa (friends of those who installed the app elsewhere)”.

Advocate Pansy Tlakula, the chairperson of the Information Regulator of South Africa, said it had written to Facebook demanding answers about how the breach might have occurred and what measures had been put in place to prevent further compromises.

Tlakula said that according to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI), some of whose sections were not yet in effect, “Facebook must put in place measures to secure the integrity and confidentiality of personal information in its possession or under its control”.

Meanwhile, as a result of the recent breaches, the regulator said it will set up a special task team to investigate similar breaches. 

The task team will comprise of SAPs, the National Credit Regulator, and the Association of Credit Bureaus and other government departments.

On Wednesday, Facebook sent an alert to all Facebook users which shows you how you can protect your information. 

According to Facebook, they understand the importance of keeping data safe. 

This is why they have made it easier for users to protect their information. 

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