The New York attorney general’s office has launched an investigation into Facebook after it was found earlier this month that the corporate had the e-mail ids belonging to over 1.5 million individuals without their consent.
“It’s time Facebook needs to be held accountable for the way it handles users’ personal information,” Attorney General Letitia James mentioned in an announcement. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated an absence of respect for users’ information while at the same time taking advantage of mining that information.”
Beginning in May 2016, Facebook routinely collected users’ contact lists, ultimately gathering personal data of over 1.5 million individuals. That information was then used to enhance the social media firm’s advert-focusing on algorithms and several other operations on the platform.
Facebook stated that the gathering and use of this information was an “unintentional” consequence of a system used to confirm user identities, and it was shortly shut down after the practice was brought in light earlier this month.
Users didn’t consent to obtain personal information to Facebook
“Facebook’s announcement that it harvested 1.5 million users’ ids, doubtlessly getting access to contact details of a specific user without their knowledge, is the newest testimony that it doesn’t take its position in defending our private information seriously,” James mentioned.
The New York attorney general’s investigation will focus totally on how the incident occurred and the total number of individuals affected.
Yesterday, Facebook introduced in the quarterly revenue that it’s anticipating between $3 to $5 billion from the US Federal Trade Commission as a settlement cost following the company’s investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the potential privacy violations that adopted suit. It’s unclear when the FTC will formally announce the settlement or what the precise greenback amount will come out ultimately.