(National Sentinel) Silicon Valley Blues: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley delivered an investigative subpoena on Monday to the Menlo Park, Calif., offices of Facebook that demands all documents related to its handling of user data.
In addition, the Washington Free Beacon reported, the subpoena comes a week after 37 state attorneys general sent a letter seeking answers about how user data was shared with third-party groups like Cambridge Analytica.
Hawley, who is also running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, decided to follow up that letter with a subpoena so that Facebook would face a “legal consequent for failing to respond” by May 29.
The Washington Free Beacon reported further:
The probe aims to determine whether Facebook exercised “appropriate care and protection over private consumer data” and whether the site’s terms and conditions “accurately and adequately explained how consumers’ data would be used.”
The request focuses not just on Facebook’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica but also asks for all communications between the company and the digital team for former President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.
It specifically asks for all communications between Facebook and Carol Davidsen, Obama’s director of digital integration and media analytics, and for communications with “any employee, volunteer, independent contractor, or agent of the campaign Obama for America relating to the sharing of Facebook User Information.”
In addition, the subpoena requests calendar entries showing meetings between Obama’s reelection campaign and Facebook officials, if any.
Also, Hawley wants a list of every campaign and political action committee that the social media giant has provided user information to since Jan. 1, 2012, the WFB noted. The subpoena also directs Facebook to identify every type of user data collected when it began doing so.
“There is no excuse for this irresponsible handling of user data,” Hawley said following his announcement of the investigation.
“Missourians need to know that they can trust the companies and platforms that have access to as much user information as Facebook does.”
The Missouri AG and GOP Senate candidate also has active probes into other Silicon Valley companies, most notably into Google, the WFB reported.
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