Facebook Faces Criminal Investigation Over Data Privacy

Credit: Newsy Studio
Published on March 14, 2019 - Duration: 01:11s

Facebook Faces Criminal Investigation Over Data Privacy

Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed documents from at least two smart phone companies in a criminal investigation into Facebook.

Advertisement

Facebook Faces Criminal Investigation Over Data Privacy

Facebook is facing a federal criminal investigation for sharing user data with third parties.

The New York Times  reports that federal prosecutors have subpoenaed records from at least two major smart phone companies that had data-sharing agreements with Facebook.  Last year, the  Times reported  that the social media company struck similar agreements with at least 60 device manufacturers over the past decade.

The deals — most of which aren't in effect anymore — gave the phone companies access to millions of users' personal data, sometimes without prior consent.  Facebook has defended the agreements, saying they were allowed under an agreement the social media giant made with the FTC back in 2011.

Now, the FTC is investigating whether the company breached that deal.

The social media site has been under close scrutiny after Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Cambridge Analytica scandal — where user data was gathered to create detailed profiles on voters.   Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that his company is committed to privacy.

He wrote about detailed plans to protect user data and reduce permanency in a  blog post . 

You are here

Recent related videos from verified sources

Facebook Unveils It's Own Cryptocurrency Called Libra 00:37
Credit: Wochit - Published 10 hours ago 

Hundreds of Current, Former Law Enforcement Officers Found in Extremist FB Groups 00:53
Credit: Wochit - Published 3 days ago 

Facebook Emails Appear to Connect Zuckerberg With Dubious Privacy Practices: Report 03:29
Credit: Cheddar Inc. - Published 6 days ago 

Federal Antitrust Regulators Will Probe Big Tech Firms 00:39
Credit: Wochit News - Published 2 weeks ago 

Google could be facing major probe from Justice Department 01:33
Credit: TomoNews US - Published 2 weeks ago 

Facebook Reveals New Privacy Strategy 01:15
Credit: Celebrity Wire - Published 2 weeks ago 

Facebook Lawyer Admits There Is No Privacy In Facebook 00:45
Credit: Wochit - Published 3 weeks ago 

Facebook Scandals Not Enough For People To Stop Using It 00:37
Credit: Wochit - Published 3 weeks ago 

You might like