Facebook under criminal investigation over data sharing with major tech firms

Facebook is under criminal investigation by the United States federal service for the claim of data sharing deals with some of the major technology companies according to the New York Times. In the past year, Facebook has been on the spotlight on a number of wrongdoings involving the companies’ data sharing and security, one of the biggest probes was the Cambridge analytical probe.

According to the investigation the New York grand jury has subpoenaed records from two of the major smartphone and other devices makers. The names of the two companies were still unknown when reporting this report.

The two companies add to the list of companies accused to have entered a partnership with Facebook to access Facebook users’ personal information to use them on their personal gains.

“We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously,” a Facebook spokesman told the Times. “We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so.”

Facebook data security has been wanting has it has had numerous accusation of data sharing in the past one year. The first data sharing deal was reported in June and December by the New York Times, where Facebook was accused of sharing information with major tech companies such as Netflix, Microsoft, Spotify, Sony and Amazon to help the companies improve their sales. At first, Facebook disagreed with the accusation saying the partnership did not violate Facebook users privacy.

Tim Coleman

With thorough interest in media and technology, I write about everything tech. Over the past 8 years, I have written numerous articles and research papers about international trade and consumer media. I also write opinion pieces about video games, internet, and evolving technology. My engineering degree in the field of information systems also helped a great deal in strengthening my interest and knowledge in the field of technology.

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