The New York attorney general's office opened an investigation on Facebook after it was discovered earlier this month that the company had email contacts that belonged to more than 1.5 million people without their consent.
"It's time for Facebook to be responsible." Because of the way it handles consumers' personal information, "Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement." Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for information about consumers and at the same time benefits from the extraction of that information. "
As of May 2016, Facebook automatically gathered users" Contact lists, in Ultimately, collecting data from more than 1.5 million people. Then, that data was used to improve the ad segmentation algorithms of the social media company and other operations on the platform.
Facebook said that the collection and use of this data was an "unintended" consequence of a system used to verify user identities, and was quickly closed after Business Insider reported for the first time Practice time earlier this month.
Users did not give their consent to transfer their contacts to Facebook.
"Facebook's announcement that it collected 1.5 million email address books from users, potentially gaining access to the contact information of hundreds of millions of individual consumers without their knowledge, is the latest demonstration that Facebook He does not take his role in protecting our personal information seriously, "said James.
According to The New York Times the New York Attorney General's investigation will focus primarily on how the incident occurred and the total number of people affected.
Yesterday, Facebook announced in its quarterly earnings that it anticipates a fine anywhere between $ 3 and $ 5 billion from the US Federal Trade Commission. UU as a settlement payment after the investigation of the agency. The Cambridge Analytica scandal and the possible privacy violations that followed the example. It is not clear when the FTC will formally announce the agreement or what the actual dollar amount will be at the end.