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Attorney General Shapiro leads bipartisan coalition of State AGs in demanding answers from Facebook

(WBRE/WYOU)-- Today, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro led a bipartisan coalition of 37 state Attorneys General in sending a letter demanding answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company's business practices and privacy protections.

“Businesses like Facebook must comply with the law when it comes to how they use their customers’ personal data,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “State Attorneys General have an important role to play in holding them accountable and I’m proud to partner with so many of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in this effort.”

Facebook confirmed on Sunday it has been keeping texting and call logs for millions of people who use Android phones to access Facebook Messenger. 

In the State AGs letter, news reports indicate the data of at least 50 million Facebook profiles may have been misused by third-party software developers. Facebook's policies allowed developers to access the personal data of "friends" of people who used certain applications, without the knowledge or consent of these users.

The letter to Zuckerberg, initiated by Attorney General Shapiro and joined by a bipartisan coalition of Attorneys General, raises a series of questions about the social networking site’s policies and practices, including:
  • Were those terms of service clear and understandable?
  • How did Facebook monitor what these developers did with all the data that they collected?
  • What type of controls did Facebook have over the data given to developers?
  • Did Facebook have protective safeguards in place, including audits, to ensure developers were not misusing the Facebook user’s data?
  • How many users in the states of the signatory Attorneys General were impacted?
  • When did Facebook learn of this breach of privacy protections?
  • During this timeframe, what other third party “research” applications were also able to access the data of unsuspecting Facebook users?

 


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