California makes court filing in Facebook probe

California makes court filing in Facebook probe

The investigation is into Facebook's practices related to privacy, disclosures and third-party access to user data.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Wednesday that he's seeking a court order to force Facebook to turn over records his office requested in June.

Not only that but Facebook flat out refused to "search communications involving senior executives", meaning that it refused to search for relevant information in the emails and other communications of CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, among others. Facebook failed to answer 19 out of the 27 questions, provided a partial response to six and failed to respond to six document requests, Becerra's office says. The Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook $5 billion this summer for privacy violations in an investigation that also grew out of that scandal.

Legal authorities across the United States have been looking into whether the company has been hampering fair competition.

Facebook said it has "cooperated extensively with the state of California's investigation".

"Facebook is not just continuing to drag its feet in response to the Attorney General's investigation, it is failing to comply", the lawsuit said. "I believe that Facebook struggled to answer many requests for data, and I ascertained that the company was resistant to providing documents from Zuckerberg's files".

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The state legal professional general's place of work submitted the petition in Remarkable Court docket in San Francisco, the city exactly where the bulk of the investigative perform is having location, according to Mike Osgood, deputy attorney typical.

The filing paints Facebook as a company that allowed app developers to access non-public information about its users, which they used to "build profiles on users, and sell those to third parties".

California did not join a separate probe involving attorneys general from NY and other USA states. The New York probe is looking into Facebook's dominance and any resulting anticompetitive conduct.

Becerra also has not joined a separate state-led anti-trust investigation into Google.

People speak more clearly inside Facebook, as the Guardian reports recent Facebook privacy changes were internally called the "Switcharoo Plan."

Only last week, the Times was wondering aloud why Bacerra wasn't one of 47 attorneys general across the country joining in a probe into Facebook's antitrust and data-privacy dealings. Even the FTC's $5 billion fine, the largest ever for a tech company, came to just under one-tenth of Facebook's revenue previous year.

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