By BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT
The National Privacy Commission and Facebook Philippines will meet on Tuesday, June 16, as the former is currently conducting a separate probe on the proliferation of impostor Facebook accounts, particularly targeting the academe.
In a statement, Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro said they are currently coordinating with other government agencies, while conducting a separate investigation of this matter.
“The National Privacy Commission is focused on probing the cause of the ‘privacy panic’ triggered by these impostor accounts and instituting remedial measures to protect Filipino Facebook users,” said Liboro, who vowed complete transparency on the matter.
Last June 7, NPC received various reports about the proliferation of alleged impostor FB accounts that have victimized Filipino data subjects.
This prompted NPC to immediately call the attention of Facebook, which also informed Liboro that they were already investigating this particular matter as well as other information on unauthorized FB accounts.
At least three schools San Beda University, University of the Philippines and De La Salle University have reported of impostor FB accounts of their students, teachers and alumni.
Some individuals have also reported that their FB accounts have been hacked.
The University of the Philippines System though confirmed it has received reports that fake or dummy Facebook accounts have been created for UP students, officials, and alumni. “We urge the members of the UP community to check their names and accounts and to make the proper report to the Data Protection Officer of Facebook,” said UP in a statement.
The UP System Data Protection Officer has already reached out to the NOC to help students and alumni report fake or dummy accounts in their name to the DPO of Facebook.
DLSU also urged its members to be vigilant in line with the creation of empty or fake FB accounts.
“Postings from these accounts are unauthorized and do not reflect the views and position of the institution,” said DLSU in a statement.