Facebook is facing a criminal probe into data sharing deals that it has entered with some of the giants in the technology arena.
A New York Times report has revealed that a New York grand jury has subpoenas records from at least two companies that manufacture smartphones and other devices. The report didn’t mention the names of the company. More than 150 companies have struck data sharing deals with Facebook including Amazon, Apple and Microsoft. The social networking giant has discontinued most of these partnerships over the last two years.
The data sharing deal exposed the companies to a sea of user information. The grand jury wants to know the extent of user data obtained by these companies from the social media giant.
“We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously. We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so,” said a Facebook spokesperson.
Facebook is already entangled in several data sharing scandals starting with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The FTC is currently conducting an investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The investigation into the social media giant was spurred by a report from the New York Times that a British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, had obtained data of 87 million FaceBook users without permission. The Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was summoned by the Congress to testify in court.
In December another New York Times report alleged that the company also shared private user information to other media giants like Netflix and Spotify. The social media firm denied all allegations stating that they required user permission to share their details with third parties.
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