Some of Facebook’s largest data deals are under federal criminal investigation following a nightmare year of scandals, reports the New York Times, which reveals that a New York grand jury has subpoenaed records from at least two leading manufacturers of smartphones and other devices which gained access to personal data of hundreds of millions of users.
The companies were among more than 150 firms, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Sony, that had cut sharing deals with the world’s dominant social media platform. The agreements, previously reported in The New York Times, let the companies see users’ friends, contact information and other data, sometimes without consent. Facebook has phased out most of the partnerships over the past two years. –New York Times
Facebook – known for its occasional mistakes, said in a statement that they are “cooperating with investigators” and assured the Times that they “take those probes seriously.” Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-13/facebook-under-criminal-investigation-over-data-deals