New York investigating Facebook over ‘unauthorized’ e-mail contact collection

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of the mobile users are displayed next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this photo illustration March 28, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration

(Reuters) – the New York Attorney General Letitia James said on Thursday she has been to investigate Facebook Inc. non-authorized collection of 1.5 million Facebook users’ e-mail contact with databases, the last problem with respect to the privacy of the company users.

Last week, the social media company said that it was “accidentally uploaded” e-mail contacts up to 1.5 million new users since May 2016, adding that “the contacts were not shared with everyone and we are removing them.”

James said on Thursday in a statement “the total number of people from whom information is unlawfully obtained can be in the hundreds of millions,” cites the individual contacts. Facebook did not immediately comment.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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