Date
15 July 2019
More than 150 companies have entered into partnerships with Facebook for access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users. Photo: Reuters
More than 150 companies have entered into partnerships with Facebook for access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users. Photo: Reuters

US prosecutors probing Facebook’s data deals: NYT

US federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook Inc. struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices, the newspaper reported, citing two unnamed people familiar with the requests.

The two companies are among more than 150, including Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp., that have entered into partnerships with Facebook for access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Facebook confirmed that its apps were experiencing outages around the world.

Users experienced problems accessing Facebook as well as its other platforms – Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp, CNN reported. 

Some could get into the apps but could not post messages on them.

“We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” Facebook tweeted on Wednesday.

The social network, however, dismissed speculation that the outages resulted from a distributed denial-of-service (DDos) attack, in which hackers flood a company’s network with high volumes of traffic from various sources, thereby denying the service to regular users. 

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