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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
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1. California discloses it's investigating Facebook privacy practices

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Wednesday revealed the state is investigating Facebook's privacy practices. Becerra made the disclosure as the state filed a lawsuit against the social networking company over its refusal to comply with subpoenas to hand over documents and respond to questions. "Facebook is not just continuing to drag its feet in response to the Attorney General’s investigation, it is failing to comply," the lawsuit said. The state's investigation started in response to the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a data mining company that collected personal information on up to 87 million Facebook users without their consent. The Federal Trade Commission already has fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations uncovered in an investigation triggered by the same scandal. Facebook did not immediately comment on the case.

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