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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 03:56 AM

Facebook's Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation

Source: NYT

Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks.

A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices, according to two people who were familiar with the requests and who insisted on anonymity to discuss confidential legal matters. Both companies had entered into partnerships with Facebook, gaining broad access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users.

The companies were among more than 150, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Sony, that had cut sharing deals with the world’s dominant social media platform. The agreements, previously reported in The New York Times, let the companies see users’ friends, contact information and other data, sometimes without consent. Facebook has phased out most of the partnerships over the past two years.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/13/technology/facebook-data-deals-investigation.html

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crazytown Mar 14 OP
Judi Lynn Mar 14 #1
diva77 Mar 14 #2
underthematrix Mar 14 #3
Sherman A1 Mar 14 #4
KY_EnviroGuy Mar 14 #5
ancianita Mar 14 #6

Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 04:03 AM

1. Thank you, crazytown. n/t

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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 04:08 AM

2. K&R for exposure. FB is cozy with National Assoc. of Secretaries of State as well -

makes one wonder whether they have weaseled their way into voter databases.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 04:40 AM

3. I deleted my FB account

a year ago.

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Thu Mar 14, 2019, 05:35 AM

4. Good

I hope this leads to a significant change in the way business is conducted by these companies.

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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 07:43 AM

5. Good. I hope these legal actions around the globe force social media.....

back to their roots as nothing but personal sharing sites. Get them out of ads and politics.

If that requires subscription fees, so be it.......

I see these platforms as the Walmartization of our normal healthy social fabric, what little is left of it....

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Thu Mar 14, 2019, 09:31 AM

6. Likely one of the reasons they were "shut down for maintenance" yesterday. They announced

a kind of restructuring less than a week ago.

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