Connecticut AG Asks Facebook About Security

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Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Facebook for information about its security measures for detecting and disabling fraudulent accounts following a complaint by a state legislator that her identity was used in a scam that asked her friends for money.

George-Jepsen Rep. Kim Rose, D-118th District, said Facebook did not respond quickly to repeated complaints that her name and photo were being used without her permission to ask for money.

Jepsen wrote a letter to Facebook Monday saying his office would investigate “because of the real and immediate danger of financial fraud and identity theft associated with this scam.”

Jepsen asked the company for information about the number of complaints it had received in the last 18 months about fraudulent or “hacked” accounts; its policies and procedures for responding to complaints and how long it took them to do so and information about any safeguards in place to detect and disable fake or “hacked” Facebook accounts.

“My hope is to work cooperatively with Facebook to ensure that is users in Connecticut and elsewhere are provided adequate security and receive quick and effective responses when security breaches occur,” Jepsen said.

Facebook was asked to provide the information to the Office of the Attorney General by Feb. 22.