The State of New York will explore Facebook for data collected from applications
New York's regulators are exploring the collection of intimate information about Facebook users, such as menstrual cycles and body weight, through applications for smartphones.
On the other hand, Facebook has confirmed that it has received a letter from the New York Financial Services Department to obtain information on data exchange.
The regulator, best known for breaking large banks, demanded that Facebook issue the names of all companies that provided information about their applications in the past three years, the source said.
Other requests have been sent to developers to get information about their contracts with Facebook.
The Vall Street Journal reported on February 22 that intimate information can be shared with Facebook from at least 11 applications using a tool designed to help recipients of ads, even if users were not Facebook members.
The information collected by the applications included personal information about body weight, pregnancy status, ovulation and home shopping, the leaflet states.
The social network is convinced to consider the request.
"It's common for developers to share information with a wide range of advertising and analysis platforms," said Facebook spokesman.
"We ask other developers to familiarize their users with the information they share with us and forbidding application developers to send us confidential information, we also take steps to discover and eliminate data that we should not share with us."
The New York investigation comes amid a broad debate about privacy on the Internet. Stakeholder groups testified this week at Capitol's discussions on the potential for strengthening protection after several high-profile scandals involving Facebook and other technology giants.