Facebook under new criminal investigation for its data-sharing deals

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

A NY grand jury has subpoenaed records from "at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices", the Times reported, citing two unnamed sources. This is according to “two people familiar with the requests” who remain anonymous.

The Times reported that a NY grand jury has subpoenaed records from at least two companies that make smartphones and other equipment. We wonder if the two subpoenaed companies will be revealed in the future.

A lawsuit pile-up: It's yet another launch of legal proceedings against Facebook, which is now facing probes by the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

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

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

The probe constitutes a sharp escalation of Facebook's legal problems in the U.S., where it is under scrutiny from four separate government agencies, including the United States justice department, as well as from legislators.

Facebook's disclosure was included in 747 pages of documents given to Congress in response to hundreds of questions about data privacy posed to Zuckerberg by members of Congress about Cambridge Analytica, which improperly accessed personal information on up to 87 million Facebook users.

But these partnerships also allowed third-party companies to get much deeper access to user data than it had previously made clear. Both companies entered into large and complex data deals with Facebook, allowing all the firms involved in the partnership to collect vast troves of information on millions of users.

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