The office of Attorney General Letitia James has officially launched an investigation into Facebook’s unauthorized collection of 1.5 million Facebook users’ email contacts. In the past, Facebook has claimed that 1.5 million user contact databases were harvested by email password verification processes for new users, but according to James’ office, the total number of people whose information was improperly obtained may actually be hundreds of millions. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data,” James said in a statement. “It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information.” Although email verification has been a standard practice for Facebook, which typically requires new users to provide an email address and then verify through an emailed link, the social media company requested some users to hand over passwords to their personal emails in order to create accounts. Earlier this month, the Cuomo administration had launched a survey in order to gain insight and help state regulators make policy decisions on how personal data should be used by companies. New York State authorities had hinted they would investigate Facebook in February, after the Wall Street… Read full this story
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