Congress Has Some Questions for Zuckerberg

Two representatives get involved in the latest privacy breach
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2010 8:30 AM CDT
Congress Has Some Questions for Zuckerberg
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks in the Galileo Auditorium on Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus in Mountain View, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Congress is getting involved in the latest Facebook privacy snafu. Following Monday’s revelation that many popular Facebook apps are transmitting identifying information to dozens of companies, two House members are asking the social networking site for more information about how applications handle user details. Facebook has until Oct. 27 to respond, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The two reps sent Mark Zuckerberg a letter expressing their feeling that “this series of breaches of consumer privacy is a cause for concern.” They want to know how many users were affected, when Facebook learned of the problem, and what changes the site will make. A Facebook rep says, "The suggestion that the passing of a user ID to an application, as described in Facebook's privacy policy, constitutes a 'breach' is curious at best,” but says they are happy to address “any confusion."
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