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New York Investigation Into Data Sharing With Facebook Advances

A New York regulator has sent letters to Facebook and other app developers, asking for information and documents related to the sharing of sensitive personal information by the app developers with the social media company. The letters followed an earlier report in The Wall Street Journal that showed at least 11 apps passed personal information, including health data, to Facebook without permission from users, even in cases when the users didn’t have Facebook accounts. The regulator is looking for information on how much data was shared and if app developers received any commissions from Facebook for sharing the data. While it is a small step in a much larger investigation process, it adds to the growing number of investigations already facing the company around its data use and sharing practices (see our investigation tracker here for the latest updates).

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