Criminal investigation into Facebook deals with Apple, Amazon, Microsoft

Criminal investigation into Facebook deals with Apple, Amazon, Microsoft

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

Facebook had data-sharing arrangements with more than 150 companies, according to a December report in the New York Times.

What happened: A NY grand jury has ordered two companies that had partnerships with Facebook to hand over records.

"We are co-operating with investigators and take those probes seriously", a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider.

The probe constitutes a sharp escalation of Facebook's legal problems in the United States of America, where it is under scrutiny from four separate government agencies, including the U.S. justice department, as well as from legislators.

The social media giant acknowledged the report in a tweet, saying that it is already facing federal investigations.

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

The Times' report was released on Wednesday evening, while Facebook was dealing with a major outage. But a criminal investigation would raise the stakes significantly.

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

News of the investigation comes exactly one week after Mark Zuckerberg published a lengthy memo outlining his vision to turn Facebook into a "privacy-focused" platform. The deals helped Facebook gain more users, according to the report, and its partners were able to access user data without obtaining consent.

"This episode has clearly hurt us", Facebook CEO Zuckerberg told Congress past year while speaking about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

"To be clear: none of these partnerships or features gave companies access to information without people's permission, nor did they violate our 2012 settlement with the FTC", wrote Facebook in that blog post.

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