Feds Are Investigating Data Deals Facebook Struck With Several Big Tech Firms

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Facebook under criminal investigation over data sharing with tech firms - report

The data sharing deals were reported by the New York Times in June and December of a year ago.

The investigation reportedly stems from partnerships Facebook formed with more than 100 other companies, such as Microsoft, Netflix, and Spotify.

Those partnerships have allowed private companies to see users' contact info and their friends.

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A grand jury has subpoenaed records from “two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices” to get to the bottom of the data deals with Facebook. Since then, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has testified in front of Congress and the European Parliament to answer questions about Facebook's handling of user data. That revelation prompted a backlash that raised questions about whether Facebook can be trusted to protect the personal information of its 2 billion users.

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.

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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.

Facebook has spent the last two years eliminating those partnerships, the Times added.

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But the social network has always said that it was misled by Cambridge Analytica, describing its role in the scandal as having been too lax in policing how other companies were using its service. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.

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