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Facebook Facing Criminal Investigation Into Device Data Share Deals

Facebook Facing Criminal Investigation Into Device Data Share Deals”

Facebook gave companies including Netflix, Spotify, Microsoft, Sony and Amazon the ability to access user data long after it had stopped sharing data with most third-parties, the Times revealed.

The Times reports that a NY grand jury subpoenaed two unidentified smartphone makers who are involved in data partnerships with Facebook allowing them access to the social network's two billion users.

Facebook Inc is under criminal investigation by United States federal prosecutors over data deals it struck with some of the world's largest technology companies, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

"We've provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so", it said in a statement.

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.

Facebook admitted in June that it provided dozens of tech companies with special access to user data after publicly saying it restricted such access in 2015.

The Times' report was released on Wednesday evening, while Facebook was dealing with a major outage.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Wednesday's Times report, which cited anonymous sources, said it was not clear what exactly the grand jury inquiry overseen by federal prosecutors is focused on, or when it began.

Following the report in the New York Times a year ago, the company said, "none of these partnerships or features gave companies access to information without people's permission, nor did they violate our 2012 settlement with the FTC".

A Facebook spokesperson did not address the New York Times story specifically, but told CNN Business, "It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice".

Regulators, investigators and elected officials around the world have already been digging into the data sharing practices of Facebook which has more than two billion users.



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