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New York’s attorney general is launching an investigation into Facebook after it was reported last week that the company had scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their consent.
“It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers' personal information,” state Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”
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James added that the incident is the “latest demonstration that Facebook does not take seriously its role in protecting our personal information.”
A spokesperson for Facebook said it was “in touch with the New York State attorney general’s office" and that it would be "responding to their questions on this matter."
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