By  on April 25, 2019

Facebook is facing yet another privacy investigation, this time by the New York Attorney General, who said Thursday that her office is looking into the social media company apparently getting a hold of the e-mail contact databases of 1.5 million users. The announcement comes just a day after Facebook disclosed in its first-quarter earnings for 2019 that it expects to spend between $3 billion to $5 billion in connection with an ongoing Federal Trade Commission investigation of its handling of users’ data.

NY AG Letitia James said Thursday that the office is investigating how the company allegedly collected 1.5 million users’ e-mail contact databases through a step on its site that asked new users to verify their e-mail passwords. Potentially hundreds of millions of people could have had their personal information compromised through the apparent “unauthorized collection,” the NY AG’s office said in a statement.  

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