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Facebook faces criminal investigation over controversial data sharing deals

Facebook faces criminal investigation over controversial data sharing deals

Facebook is the subject of a federal criminal investigation that's looking into its data-sharing deals with some of the biggest tech firms on the planet, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The story, first reported by the New York Times, cites anonymous sources familiar with the grand jury requests.

What happened: A NY grand jury has ordered two companies that had partnerships with Facebook to hand over records. Both companies entered into large and complex data deals with Facebook, allowing all the firms involved in the partnership to collect vast troves of information on millions of users.

"It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice", a Facebook representative said in a statement.

Facebook's disclosure was included in 747 pages of documents given to Congress in response to hundreds of questions about data privacy posed to Zuckerberg by members of Congress about Cambridge Analytica, which improperly accessed personal information on up to 87 million Facebook users.

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Social media platform Facebook, Inc. There have also been reports that the company is negotiating a multi-billion dollar fine with the Federal Trade Commission over the company's privacy failures. But a criminal investigation would raise the stakes significantly.

When the grand jury investigation began and what it is focusing on are unclear, according to NYT.

Facebook has defended the deals.

The deals sparked outrage - and have come under sharp scrutiny - since they were revealed in a investigation by the Times past year. Facebook has said the partnerships were well-publicized at the time, and that it has since shut majority down.