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Connecticut Leads Multi-State Coalition Investigating Facebook

Elise Amendola
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AP

Connecticut and New York have joined 35 other states to investigate Facebook’s use of personal data. This comes as the Federal Trade Commission also confirms it is investigating the company.

Facebook is facing scrutiny after revelations that Cambridge Analytica got data on Facebook users even though they hadn’t given explicit consent. Facebook is also being questioned over reports that it collected years of call and text logs from Android users.

Connecticut Attorney Genreal George Jepsen says the goal of the state investigation is to warn other companies “that they make protecting personal privacy and personal information a priority rather than something that’s stuck on the backburner.”

Jepsen did not rule out a financial penalty if there was a violation of privacy laws. The FTC is investigating if Facebook violated a consent decree it signed in 2011 after similar data was shared with advertisers without permission.

Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.