New York federal prosecutors launched a criminal investigation against Facebook for sharing users’ personal data with other companies, sometimes without knowledge of them, The New York Times reported.
According to the US newspaper, a grand jury in New York officially demanded that “at least two important smartphone manufacturers” provide information on the subject, which would involve hundreds of millions of users.
The famous social network has shared this data with these companies so that their services are compatible in their operating systems, applications or sites.
Facebook told AFP that “it has already been reported that there are federal investigations under way, including by the Department of Justice.”
While a spokesperson for the company said that “As we said before, we cooperate with the investigators and we take these investigations, we have publicly testified, answered questions, and promised to continue doing so.”
A year ago, Facebook started a controversy about the use of personal data of its users since the Cambridge Analytica (CA) scandal.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as the Department of Justice, are investigating Facebook’s practices in terms of data management of its users since the CA scandal.
Facebook could face civil and criminal prosecution, as well as important fines, among other sanctions.
Today Wednesday, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Whatsapp suffered system crashes for several hours and the reasons are unknown.