Federal prosecutors are investigating Facebook’s data deals with phonemakers

Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation into Facebook’s data deals it made with large tech companies, The New York Times reported today.

According to the Times, a grand jury in New York has been conducting the investigation and subpoenaed records from “at least two” large companies that make smartphones. The companies struck deals with Facebook to access user data like friend lists and contact information, without explicit consent from its users.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Facebook reportedly responded to the Times, saying, “We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously. We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to…

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