What happened: A NY grand jury has ordered two companies that had partnerships with Facebook to hand over records.
USA government prosecutors are looking into how Facebook shared personal information from hundreds of millions of its users with more than 150 firms, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Sony, sometimes without their consent. Both of the companies were given access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users.
"It has already been reported that there are ongoing federal investigations, including by the Department of Justice", a Facebook representative said in a statement.
Federal prosecutors are investigating data-sharing deals struck between Facebook and makers of mobile computing devices. The federal investigation in NY, meanwhile, adds to other ongoing investigations of Facebook, including probes by the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Facebook had data-sharing arrangements with more than 150 companies, according to a December report in the New York Times. Facebook has said the partnerships were well-publicized at the time, and that it has since shut a lot of them down.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The investigation is being overseen by United States attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York, and a grand jury has been convened, The NY Times reports that the focus of the investigation remains unclear for now. "We've provided public testimony, answered questions and pledged that we will continue to do so".