Publicado: Vie, Marcha 15, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Facebook Facing Criminal Investigation Into Device Data Share Deals

Facebook Facing Criminal Investigation Into Device Data Share Deals

"We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously", a Facebook spokesman told the Times.

Manufacturers of mobile devices got an especially sweet deal, according to internal Facebook documents seen by the Times.

At this moment, it isnt clear what the criminal investigation is focusing and although Facebook declined to comment on The Times questions pertaining to the nature of the investigation, it did offer a statement that confirmed the investigation is indeed going on. The deals helped Facebook gain more users, according to the report, and its partners were able to access user data without obtaining consent.

They would, however, hoover up data of people who hadn't signed up for this, even allowing users to view data they wouldn't have access to when using the regular Facebook app. The companies are just two of more than 150 tech firms that entered data-sharing deals with Facebook, which allowed the company sweeping access to hundreds of millions of Facebook users' personal information, including private Facebook messages.

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The criminal investigation adds to a laundry list of probes since the Cambridge Analytica revelations one year ago placed a spotlight on the company's data and privacy practices.

"It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice".

Those companies were not named in the story, but the Times noted that Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with companies including Microsoft, Apple, Sony and Amazon.

"This episode has clearly hurt us", Facebook CEO Zuckerberg told Congress past year while speaking about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook did not respond to questions about the focus or nature of the investigation.

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