NY governor takes aim at Facebook over data

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Published on February 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:31s

NY governor takes aim at Facebook over data

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered two state agencies to investigate a media report that Facebook Inc may be accessing far more personal information from smartphone users, including health and other sensitive data, than had previously been known.

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Gittens reports.


NY governor takes aim at Facebook over data

Facebook has a new target on its back.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered two state agencies to look into claims the social media giant may be accessing a lot more personal information from smartphone users than previously revealed.

The data in question include health and other sensitive information including weight, blood pressure and pregnancy status.

The probe comes just hours after the Wall Street Journal reported tests reveal data from several apps can be accessed by Facebook within seconds, even if a person is not signed into Facebook or has a Facebook account.

In a statement, Cuomo said the allegations were an "outrageous abuse of privacy" and called on federal regulators to get involved.

Facebook is already fighting off a slew of lawsuits and regulatory probes in the U.S. and Europe over privacy issues.

The most notable: the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, which revealed Facebook inappropriately shared personal information for 87 million users to a political consulting firm used by the Trump campaign.

Facebook is also under fire for failing to crack down on hate speech and for spreading misinformation, prompting lawmakers to call for both CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg to testify before Congress.

As for this latest privacy concern, Facebook did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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