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NY To Probe Facebook Over Report On Personal Data Access

"New Yorkers deserve to know that their personal information is safe."
Composite photo by Dave Lucas
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"New Yorkers deserve to know that their personal information is safe." ~ NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Authorities in New York state will investigate Facebook after a report said the social media company harvests a large amount of personal data from smartphone apps without users' knowledge.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that some apps automatically send data to Facebook that can include highly personal information such as heart rate data or the dates of a woman's ovulation.

Hours after the story was published, Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the state's Department of State and Department of Financial Services to "immediately investigate" what he calls a clear invasion of consumer privacy.

The Democrat also urged federal regulators to step in to end the practice.

In response to the story, Facebook said it requires apps to be clear with users about how their data is shared.

(C) 2019 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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