Mar 14, 2019

Chris Hoofnagle on the Potential Weight of Facebook Criminal Probe

From Yahoo Finance

Facebook criminal probe could spur 'even more embarrassing disclosures': cyberlaw expert

By Erin Fuchs

The revelation late Wednesday that Facebook’s (FB) data deals with big tech companies are the subject of a criminal investigation could intensify pressure on the social network as it faces fallout from multiple privacy scandals.

U.S. prosecutors have subpoenaed two major smartphone and device makers that were among over 150 companies that had gained access to data on Facebook users and their friends, The New York Times reported, citing two anonymous sources familiar with the requests...

“DOJ has spectacular powers to police wrongdoing through its mail and wire fraud statutes, and so its scope of potential prosecution is so great that it is difficult to tell what is going on here,” noted Chris Hoofnagle, who holds dual appointments at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Law and its School of Information...


Chris Jay Hoofnagle is an adjunct full professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information and School of Law.

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March 21, 2019