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Missouri Attorney General Opens Probe of Facebook Data Usage

  • Josh Hawley seeks links between shared user data and PACs
  • Republican AG also has an open investigation into Google
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Missouri’s Republican attorney general is launching a wide-ranging probe into Facebook Inc.’s use of personal data.

In a civil investigative demand dated Monday, Missouri’s Josh Hawley is asking Facebook to disclose every time it’s shared user information with a political campaign or political action committee, how much those campaigns paid Facebook for such data, and whether users were notified.