Federal prosecutors are investigating partnership deals Facebook forged with some of the world's largest technological companies.
Those companies were among 150 with sharing deals that allowed them to see user contact information and other data.
A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration taken June 3, 2018.
Facebook has defended the deals.
The Times had previously reported on its finding that Facebook had partnered with companies, including smartphone makers, and allowed them to access the private data of hundreds of millions of its users without their permission - and even in ways that appear to have intentionally avoided asking for permission. Numerous partnerships ended years ago, the Times noted, but the deals with Amazon and Apple were ongoing at the time of the story.
Despite these assurances, the partnerships are now the subject of a federal investigation.
A NY grand jury has subpoenaed records from "at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices", the Times reported, citing two unnamed sources. Facebook did not respond to questions about the focus or nature of the investigation. Last week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company would be pivoting to privacy, focusing more on its messaging platforms and enabling more ephemeral features and encrypted chats. Facebook is also facing a record-setting multibillion-dollar fine from the FTC for privacy violations, according to The Washington Post.
The report comes as the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission continue scrutinizing Facebook's business model.
The company is already under investigation by the Justice Department for its dealings with the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.