Thursday, 21 March, 2019

US prosecutors probing Facebook's data deals

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy Mark Zuckerberg at the US Senate in April 2018 Credit Andrew Harnik AP
Kenny Thornton | 14 March, 2019, 17:28

These data sharing partnerships allowed these technology companies to build features like Microsoft's People Hub or BlackBerry's Facebook integration as value adds for their devices.

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".

Facebook has been struggling to rehabilitate its public image amid revelations that it allowed Cambridge Analytica to improperly access the personal data of many of its users and the growing evidence of how its social network has been used to spread misinformation during the 2016 US Presidential elections.

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

Facebook's stock declined 1.5 per cent in after hours trading on Wednesday.

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But retreating its steps, China put a hold on the proposal just as the deadline was about to end. The 15-member committee operates by consensus.

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 emerged on the same day that Facebook saw widespread outages on its apps, including Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Numerous partnerships ended years ago, the Times noted, but the deals with Amazon and Apple were ongoing at the time of the story.

The Times reports that it is not clear when the inquiry began or exactly what it is focusing on.

Federal prosecutors are investigating data-sharing deals struck between Facebook and makers of mobile computing devices. The investigation comes as Facebook continues to struggle with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal.

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