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Facebook's data deals are now under criminal investigation

Facebook's data deals are now under criminal investigation

A New York grand jury has subpoenaed evidence from cell phone manufacturers as part of a federal criminal investigation of Facebook's data-sharing deals with other tech companies, according to a new report from the New York Times.

A Facebook spokesperson did not address the New York Times story specifically, but told CNN Business, "It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice". These data sharing partnerships allowed these technology companies to build features like Microsoft's People Hub or BlackBerry's Facebook integration as value adds for their devices.

The Times' report was released on Wednesday evening, while Facebook was dealing with a major outage. Apple, for example, was able to slurp up contact numbers and calendar entries from users who thought they'd disabled all sharing, unbeknownst to the users - though Apple maintains it had no idea Facebook had given it special access and that it removed no data from users' devices.

Chelsea-linked Zidane set for Real Madrid return
A major difference between the Real Zidane left and that which he is re-entering is Cristiano Ronaldo no longer being at the club. With the return of Zidane , Real Madrid now have the second most successful coach in their history back at the helm.

More than 150 companies had struck data partnerships with Facebook that gave them access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of users, although the data was sometimes shared without consent, the report said. "We've provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so".

Facebook said it was cooperating with investigators in multiple federal probes, without addressing the grand jury inquiry specifically.

"This episode has clearly hurt us", Facebook CEO Zuckerberg told Congress previous year while speaking about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.


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