Facebook's Data-Sharing Practices Investigated by Grand Jury in NY

Facebook's Data-Sharing Practices Investigated by Grand Jury in NY

Facebook's Data-Sharing Practices Investigated by Grand Jury in NY

Federal prosecutors are investigating partnership deals Facebook forged with some of the world's largest technological companies.

A grand jury in NY issued subpoenas to at least two unnamed "prominent" tech manufacturers who made agreements with Facebook, sources told NYT. Customers for that reportedly included Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Sony, each of whom had agreements to see user friends, contact information and other data without consent.

"We've provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so", it said in a statement.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg created the partnerships to stave off obsolescence and insulate the massive company from competition.

As if to underscore the company's challenges, Facebook's social network suffered one of the worst technical outages in its history on Wednesday, leaving users and advertisers unable to access the site for much of the day.

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

The deals sparked outrage - and have come under sharp scrutiny - since they were revealed in a investigation by the Times a year ago.

The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Books retail store in New York City, U.S., February 14, 2019.

The Justice Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

A lawsuit pile-up: It's yet another launch of legal proceedings against Facebook, which is now facing probes by the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Facebook has said the partnerships were well-publicized at the time, and that it has since shut a lot of them down.

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