Facebook faces criminal investigation over controversial data sharing deals

Posted March 15, 2019

The Times report emerged on the same day that Facebook saw widespread outages on its apps, including Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Much is unclear at this stage: the names of the companies, when proceedings began, or what exactly the focus will be.

In addition to looking at the data deals, the probes focus on disclosures that the company shared the user data of 87 million people with Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting firm that worked with U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign.

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

Facebook had earlier this year been revealed to have data sharing partnerships with companies like Microsoft, Apple and Sony which had allowed the firm to access user's friends and contact information.

The investigation reportedly stems from partnerships Facebook formed with more than 100 other companies, such as Microsoft, Netflix, and Spotify.

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Full House star and Hallmark Channel regular Lori Loughlin was also indicted on charges for her involvement in the scheme. Loughlin's husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli , was released in Los Angeles after posting a $1 million bond.

As if today couldn't get any worse for Facebook, the company is now facing a criminal investigation as the result of its controversial data sharing practices.

Federal prosecutors are investigating data-sharing deals struck between Facebook and makers of mobile computing devices.

Facebook is already facing the prospect of multi-billion dollar fines to settle privacy investigations.

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Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Facebook has said the partnerships were well-publicized at the time, and that it has since shut a lot of them down. Facebook said in July it had received questions from USA agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the FBI, and was cooperating.

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