New York State Attorney's Office announced Thursday that it is investigating Facebook for "unauthorized collection" of 1.5 million users' email address books.
The social network admitted last week that it "unintentionally uploaded". the email contacts of 1.5 million new users since May 2016.
The discovery occurred after a computer security researcher tweeted under the pseudonym "e-sushi" that Facebook asked some users to enter their email passwords when they opened new accounts. According to a Business Insider report, users who entered their email passwords received a pop-up message that Facebook "imported" the new user's contacts.
In its statement, the Attorney General claimed that "the total number of persons" whose information has not been obtained in an improper manner may be [in the] hundreds of millions.
"It is time that Facebook was blamed for handling consumer personal information," US Justice Secretary Letitia James said in a statement, "Facebook has repeatedly lacked respect for
James added that Facebook's announcement last week is the latest demonstration that Facebook does not take seriously its role in protecting our personal information. "[1
. "We are in contact with the US Attorney General's Office and are answering their questions on the matter, a Facebook spokesperson said Fox News.
James' predecessor, Eric Schneiderman, opened in March 2018 an investigation into whether Facebook's personal information was infringing unlawfully benefited from the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.
Kathleen News from Fox News contributed to this report.