NY AG to investigate Facebook's collection of user email contact databases
New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced an investigation into Facebook's unauthorized collection of 1.5M Facebook users' email contact databases. While Facebook claims that 1.5M contact databases were directly harvested by its email password verification process for new users, the total number of people whose information was improperly obtained may be hundreds of millions. "It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers' personal information," said Attorney General Letitia James. "Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers' information while at the same time profiting from mining that data. Facebook's announcement that it harvested 1.5 million users' email address books, potentially gaining access to contact information for hundreds of millions of individual consumers without their knowledge, is the latest demonstration that Facebook does not take seriously its role in protecting our personal information."