US prosecutors probing Facebook's data deals

Silhouettes of laptop users seen next to a screen projection of the Facebook logo, on March 28, 2018.
Silhouettes of laptop users seen next to a screen projection of the Facebook logo, on March 28, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook Inc struck with some of the world's largest technology companies, the New York Times reported on Wednesday (March 13).

A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices, the paper reported without naming them, citing two people familiar with the requests.

The two companies are among more than 150, including Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp , that have entered into partnerships with Facebook for access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users, according to the report.