Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Facebook's Data-Sharing Practices Investigated by Grand Jury in NY

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy Mark Zuckerberg at the US Senate in April 2018 Credit Andrew Harnik AP
Ellis Copeland | 14 March, 2019, 17:28

The company has been juggling a number of scandals and investigations since the Cambridge Analytica revelations almost a year ago.

Federal investigators are scrutinizing partnerships that allowed other companies to access users' data without their consent, according to a new report in the New York Times.

"This episode has clearly hurt us", Facebook CEO Zuckerberg told Congress a year ago while speaking about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. For example, Yahoo's email service could access your friend list to help you find people you know.

Federal prosecutors are investigating data-sharing deals struck between Facebook and makers of mobile computing devices.

A grand jury subpoenaed records from two smartphone developers, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing two anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

Despite these assurances, the partnerships are now the subject of a federal investigation.

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A grand jury in NY has subpoenaed information from at least two companies known for making smartphones and other devices, the newspaper reports, citing two unnamed people familiar with the request. Facebook did not respond to questions about the focus or nature of the investigation. The company told The Times that it's cooperating with investigators.

Much is unclear at this stage: the names of the companies, when proceedings began, or what exactly the focus will be.

At this moment, it isnt clear what the criminal investigation is focusing and although Facebook declined to comment on The Times questions pertaining to the nature of the investigation, it did offer a statement that confirmed the investigation is indeed going on.

Facebook is already facing the prospect of multi-billion dollar fines to settle privacy investigations.

A spokesman for the United States attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York, which The New York Times reported is overseeing the inquiry, said he could not confirm or deny the probe.

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