Facebook faces criminal investigation over user data deals
A latest report from The New York TimesÂ outlines details of a criminal investigation in the US into Facebookâ€™s past dealings withÂ user data and the companiesÂ involved in the scheme.
A grand jury has subpoenaed records from â€œtwo prominent makers of smartphones and other devicesâ€ to get to the bottom of the data deals with Facebook. This is according to â€œtwo people familiar with the requestsâ€ who remain anonymous.
According to the sources, both of these companies had partnerships with Facebook that granted them access to the personal information of its users. We wonder if the two subpoenaed companies will be revealed in the future.
At this moment, it isnâ€™t clear what the criminal investigation is focusing and although Facebook declined to comment on The Timesâ€™ questions pertaining to the nature of the investigation, it did offer a statement that confirmed the investigation is indeed going on.
We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriouslyâ€¦ Weâ€™ve provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so. â€“ Facebook spokesperson to The Times
Facebook is still under an ongoing investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal surrounding the 2015 Quiz app that allowed unauthorized access to user data that was then used to influence the 2016 United States Presidential election. After nearly a year ofÂ trying to win trust backÂ from its users, this new report fromÂ The TimesÂ surfaces.
Soon after the Cambridge Analytica scandal was publicized, Facebook made it easier for users to check their privacy settings and Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg made aÂ multi-bullet-point pledgeÂ towards how it will protect user data from that point on. Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram was offline for a lot of folks today, we wonder if this report has any correlation to that.