Federal Prosecutors Are Investigating Facebook’s Data Deals With Phonemakers

It’s unclear when the grand jury was called

By Makena Kelly | 13 March 2019

THE VERGE — Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation into Facebook’s data deals it made with large tech companies, The New York Times reported today.

According to the Times, a grand jury in New York has been conducting the investigation and subpoenaed records from “at least two” large companies that make smartphones. The companies struck deals with Facebook to access user data like friend lists and contact information, without explicit consent from its users.

“It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Verge. “As we’ve said before, 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.” […]

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