Facebook Facing Criminal Investigation Over Data Deals

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Facebook scandals are nothing new but a new report suggests that federal prosecutors in the United States are conducting a criminal investigation into Facebook’s data sharing deals with other tech companies.

According to reports, a New York grand jury is on the case, and a pair of unnamed smartphone makers have had records subpoenaed in the case.

A New York Times report alleged late in 2018 that Facebook had data-sharing deals in place with more than 150 companies. These deals were in place as a way to drive more users to Facebook.

The report noted that many of the deals had ended years ago, but some of the deals allowed Facebook partners to access user data without obtaining the user’s consent. The NYT says that some specific deals with Amazon and Apple were ongoing. The court that convened the grand jury investigation is for the Eastern District of New York.

Facebook has made no comment on the investigation, only reiterating that it was cooperating with investigators.

A Facebook spokesperson said,

“It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice. As we’ve said before, we are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously. We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions, and pledged that we will continue to do so.”

 

Source New York Times

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