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Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation

2 comments, 172 views, posted 12:01 pm 14/03/2019 in News by REALITY
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Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks.

A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices, according to two people who were familiar with the requests and who insisted on anonymity to discuss confidential legal matters. Both companies had entered into partnerships with Facebook, gaining broad access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users...


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12:20 pm 14/03/2019

Flee

Ive seen a fair amount of people commenting that they are deleting their facebook account......
.... and saying they can be found on instagram.......

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1:31 pm 14/03/2019

i_am_god

I'm not really sure what is illegal about anything Facebook has done, concerning user info that is. I have yet to see anyone state specifically what data they are sharing and how it violates anything.
It sounds more like a bunch of old technophobes who watched Hackers once too many times and think you face glows green when you use a computer.
Facebook TOS, that thing no one reads but everyone accepts, says they might (read probably will) share your data with third parties. I'm pretty sure every piece of software you install on your computer and most websites you sign up with have the same sort of wording in their TOS.
Hell I know when I registered my new freezer last year there was a few lines on their submission page that said they might share my data with other parties to "better serve me" over the life of the freezer. I got mail concerning an extended warranty from another company. I get fliers from car dealers I've never done business with and they know what type of car I own. I'm guessing they are not driving around looking at driveways. Are they getting it from the DMV based on my registration? My insurance company?
The point is most people share far more on Facebook themselves than Facebook sells to other companies.
If you are uncomfortable with what they might be doing with the info you have voluntarily given them all you need to do is stop going online and stop agreeing to TOS without reading first.

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