ALBANY — New York Attorney General Letitia James is launching an investigation into Facebook after the social media company announced last week it accidentally collected 1.5 million users’ email contacts without permission.
“Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumer information while at the same time profiting from mining the data,” James tweeted.
The investigation comes after the social media company said it may have “unintentionally unloaded” 1.5 million new contacts since May 2016.
Facebook said those contacts were being deleted, and the bug has since been fixed.
But James estimates that the total number could range higher, approaching “hundreds of millions.”
“It’s time Facebook be held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal info,” she added.
Facebook meanwhile faces up to $5 billion in fines to settle a Federal Trade Commission privacy probe, following last year’s reports that Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm, mined almost 90 million users’ personal data from Facebook profiles to target individuals during the 2016 presidential election.