Senators Call on Facebook to Protect User Privacy

Tuesday Apr 27th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) urge Mark Zuckerberg not to share user information with third-party sites.

Computerworld: U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) have written a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and they plan to release that letter to the public later today. In the letter, they ask Zuckerberg to rethink the company's plan to share user information with third-party sites.

Shumer has also asked the FTC to begin setting privacy guidelines for social networking sites. "Hundreds of millions of people use social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter every day," he said. "As these sites become more and more popular, however, it's vitally important that safeguards are in place that provide users with control over their personal information to ensure they don't receive unwanted solicitations. At the same time, social networking sites need to provide easy-to-understand disclosures to users on how information they submit is being shared."

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