Facebook being investigated by New York AG via e-mail harvesting

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The New York State Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that it is investigating Facebook about what he called the “unauthorized collection” of 1.5 million users, e-mail address books.

The social network admitted last week that it was “accidentally uploaded” the e-mail contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016.

The announcement came after a computer security researcher tweeting under the pseudonym of “e-sushi” reported that Facebook was the question of some users their passwords e-mail when they opened the door for new accounts. According to a report by Business Insider, users who have their passwords e-mail received from a pop-up message that Facebook was the “input” of the new contacts of the user.

In his statement, the attorney general’s office claimed that “the total number of people from whom information is unlawfully obtained can be [in the] hundreds of millions.”

“It is time that Facebook is responsible for how it deals with consumers “personal information,” state Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for the consumers with information and at the same time benefit from the extraction of that data.”

James added that last week’s announcement by Facebook is the latest demonstration that Facebook does not take seriously its role in the protection of our personal information.”


“We are in contact with the New York State attorney general’s office and respond to their questions about this topic,” a Facebook spokesman told Fox News.

James’ predecessor as attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has opened an investigation in March of 2018 or Facebook had illegally allowed users ‘ personal data to be harvested by the consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, who worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Fox News’ Kathleen Foster contributed to this report.

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