Finally California’s State Attorney General has accepted that his office has been busy with Facebook privacy probe activities over the past 18 months. The question now is, has Facebook complied with his request? Not sure though.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra when addressing Facebook privacy probe in a fresh court documents that the Mark Zuckerberg company did not comply with subpoenas request for more information relating to the Cambridge Analytica fiasco.
The suit claims that Facebook “refused to conduct a complete search for responsive documents.” It further revealed that Facebook was similarly uncooperative within the FTC’s probe period, which eventually led to a $5 billion settlement.
The Attorney General admitted at a press conference that his office has to open up on the probe because it’s taking legal move that will eventually make it open to the public. He and his team seeks for the San Francisco County Superior Court to force Facebook to comply to his request by providing them with more Cambridge Analytica-related files.
Becerra is looking to lay hands on copies of communications between executives, like emails between Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, even documents related to news stories about the fiasco published by The Guardian and other publications. He would also appreciate getting documents that details changes to Facebook privacy settings, not overlooking documentation of the social network company’s privacy program.
Meanwhile, Facebook VP of state and local policy, Will Castleberry, said in a statement to CNBC that the company has been working with the California Attorney General. “We have cooperated extensively with the State of California’s investigation. To date we have provided thousands of pages of written responses and hundreds of thousands of documents.”
From CNBC, we deduced that, Castleberry did not address the Attorney General’s accusation that the company hasn’t been complying with subpoenas and to what extent they have complied.