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Cuomo calls for state investigation of report against Facebook

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Posted at 2:10 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 14:10:16-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — Governor Cuomo is having the New York Department of State and Department of Financial Services investigate a recent report that Facebook is secretly accessing personal information.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Facebook is accessing far more personal information of smartphone users than previously reported. This information could include health and other sensitive data.

According to the report, a wide range of apps are sending highly personal data to the social media giant apparently without users' consent and even when users are not logged in through Facebook. Some cases violate Facebook's business terms.

Cuomo states, "New Yorkers deserve to know that their personal information is safe, and we must hold internet companies - no matter how big - responsible for upholding the law and protecting the information of smartphone users. I am directing the New York Department of State, in partnership with the Department of Financial Services and other state agencies, to immediately investigate this invasion of consumer privacy and I also call on relevant federal regulators to step up and help us put an end to this practice and protect the rights of consumers."