SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California attorney general says he has been investigating Facebook's privacy practices since 2018.

California Attorney General Becerra is asking a court to force Facebook to answer its subpoenas. He says Facebook has failed to respond adequately to subpoenas.

The investigation is into Facebook's practices related to privacy, disclosures and third-party access to user data. Officials say the probe began as a response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal but has expanded.

California hadn't joined a separate probe involving attorneys general from New York and other states. The New York probe is looking into Facebook's dominance and any resulting anti-competitive conduct.

According to a press release from Becerra, the California Department of Justice issued investigative subpoenas against Facebook back in June 2018 to examine the company’s actions and business practices and any violations of user privacy. 

"The responses we have received to date are patently inadequate,” Becerra said in the release. “Our work must move forward. We are left with little choice but to seek a court order compelling Facebook to faithfully comply with our duly authorized subpoenas.”


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