(Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered two government agencies to investigate a media report that Facebook Inc. can access much more personal information from smartphone users, including health and other sensitive data than before
The New York State Department Directive and the Financial Services Department came after the Wall Street Journal, saying testing showed that Facebook collected personal information from other apps on users' smartphones within seconds of entering it.
The magazine reported that several apps share sensitive user data, including weight, blood pressure, and pregnancy status with Facebook. The report said that the company can access data in some cases even when the user is not logged in to Facebook or does not have a Facebook account.
In a statement called Gov. Cuomo practice an "outrageous abuse of privacy". He also urged the relevant federal regulatory authorities to become involved.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The shares in Facebook took a short-term accident after the Wall Street Journal report was published but recovered in early January, Gov announced. Cuomo and New York Attorney General Letitia James investigated Apple Inc.'s failure to warn consumers of a FaceTime bug that allowed iPhone users to listen to conversations of others who have not yet accepted a video call.
Facebook is facing a series of legal and regular requests for privacy issues, including a US Federal Trade Commission investigation of revelations that Facebook inappropriately shared in 87 million users with the broken British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.