New York Governor Cuomo orders probe into Facebook’s access to personal data

FILE PHOTO: The entrance sign to Facebook headquarters is seen in Menlo Park, California, on Wednesday 10 October 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered two of the government to investigate a report that Facebook Inc may be accessing much more personal details of smartphone users, including health and other sensitive data, than previously known.

The directive of New York Department of State and the Department of Financial Services came after The Wall Street Journal said testing showed that Facebook collected personal information of a lot of smartphone apps within a few seconds of users enter, even if the users had no connection to the social-media company.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Leslie Adler

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