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USA prosecutors probing Facebook's data deals

USA prosecutors probing Facebook's data deals

The companies are just two of more than 150 tech firms that entered data-sharing deals with Facebook, which allowed the company sweeping access to hundreds of millions of Facebook users' personal information, including private Facebook messages. But given the subpoenas, prosecutors seem to be looking at special arrangements Facebook made with companies to give them access to users' data (sometimes without consent), despite platform changes in 2014 that restricted the practice.

Facebook describes those data deals as innocuous efforts to help smartphone makers provide Facebook features to users before the social network had its own app. That revelation prompted a backlash that raised questions about whether Facebook can be trusted to protect the personal information of its 2 billion users.

"We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously", a Facebook spokesman said in a statement to the Times.

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The investigation is being overseen by United States attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York, and a grand jury has been convened, The NY Times reports that the focus of the investigation remains unclear for now. The US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of NY declined to confirm or deny the investigation's existence.

Facebook has allegedly ended most of the partnerships over the past two years. Facebook did not respond to questions about the focus or nature of the investigation.

Facebook is facing a slew of lawsuits and regulatory inquiries over its privacy practices, including ongoing investigations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and two state agencies in NY.




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