Facebook is facing a criminal investigation into its data-sharing practices with other large technology companies, according to a report Wednesday by The New York Times. At least two unnamed makers of smartphones and other devices have received subpoenas about their partnerships with Facebook, though the report said it isn’t immediately clear what the focus of the inquiry is. The New York Times said the companies were among those included in an earlier story about Facebook’s data-sharing relationships.
The criminal investigation adds to Facebook probes already underway at the Federal Trade Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission, along with a separate federal investigation into Facebook’s sharing of user data with Cambridge Analytica (See our tracker of all the investigations facing big tech right now). This latest investigation will make it that much harder for the company to repair its public image.