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New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo stated that a number of state agencies including the Department of State and the Department of Financial Services will investigate Facebook health data acquisition practices exposed by The Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ report, 11 of the most popular 70 applications from the Apple and Google app stores are sending sensitive personal information of tens of millions of users to Facebook, even when they weren't logged into their Facebook accounts. Governor Cuomo's press release condemns the iOS and Android apps' health data mining behavior recently uncovered by the WSJ, calling it "an outrageous abuse of privacy." However, in a statement sent by a Facebook spokesperson to The Hill, the social network says that the ones that should be under investigation are the app developers who haven't properly configured what data their apps share with the social network's mobile advertising platform. As the Facebook spokesperson said, "Sharing information across apps on your iPhone or Android device is how mobile advertising works and is industry standard practice. The issue is how apps use information for online advertising." Additionally, "We require app developers to be clear with their users about the information they are sharing with us, and we prohibit app developers from sending us sensitive data. We also take steps to detect and remove data that should not be shared with us." More trouble for Facebook visit OUR FORUM for more.

 

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