Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into Facebook’s data-sharing agreements with more than 150 tech companies, The New York Times reports. The inquiry is overseen by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and centers on agreements where companies were able to see Facebook users’ friends and contact information. A New York grand jury has subpoenaed records from two device manufacturers related to the case. “We are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously,” a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. “We’ve provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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