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Technology Facebook accused of failing to cooperate in California privacy probe

21:55  06 november  2019
21:55  06 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Wednesday that Facebook has failed to cooperate in a state investigation into the social network's privacy and business practices.

a circuit board: Facebook is being investigated by California for alleged privacy mishaps. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Facebook is being investigated by California for alleged privacy mishaps. Graphic by Pixabay/Illustration by CNET

Becerra said in a press conference that since spring 2018 the state has been looking into allegations that Facebook violated California law and whether the company deceived users and misrepresented its privacy practices.

The probe came after revelations surfaced that UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested the Facebook data of up to 87 million users without their permission.

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"Those are serious allegations. When you consider the personal information that we all supply to Facebook, every single day," Becerra said during the press conference. "Facebook knows some of the most intimate details of our lives."

a circuit board: Facebook is being investigated by California for alleged privacy mishaps. © CNET

Facebook is being investigated by California for alleged privacy mishaps.

In a petition filed in the San Francisco Superior Court, the attorney general alleges that Facebook refused to comply with a  subpoena and requests for documents including correspondence associated with Facebook executives.

Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

This story is developing...

Facebook subpoena refusal forces California to make its privacy probe public .
For the first time, California's State Attorney General has admitted that his office has been investigating Facebook's privacy dealings over the past 18 months -- and we wouldn't even have known if the social network had just complied with his requests. Attorney General Xavier Becerra has revealed in new court documents that Facebook failed to comply with subpoenas asking for more information related to the Cambridge Analytica fiasco. The filing says Facebook "refused to conduct a complete search for responsive documents.

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