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A federal grand jury is examining Facebook deals that gave personal information its users thought was private to a wide range of companies that make electronic devices, according to a new report.
Citing sources it did not name, The New York Times said a New York City-based grand jury has issued a subpoena for records from at least two major companies that make smart phones and other electronics.
Both companies were among what The Times said were 150 companies that entered into data-sharing deals with Facebook. Federal officials did not comment to The Times on its report and it was unclear when the grand jury investigation began.
It is being conducted through the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
According to The Times, the deals allowed Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, and other companies to see users’ friends, contact information and other information. Users were not always aware that the companies were accessing their information.
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