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Senators, Others Call for Changes

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

April 28, 2010

Four U.S. Senators yesterday called on Facebook to give its users more control over their personal information, the Los Angeles Times reports. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Mark Begich (D-AK), Al Franken (D-MN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) sent a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying that "users need to have the ability to control their private information and fully understand how it's being used." The lawmakers and others have criticized recent changes the company has made, including one that will allow third parties to retain users' data indefinitely. Facebook asserts that its "highest priority is to keep and build the trust of [users]." To do that, the company must "address privacy on a global scale," says Forrester analyst Augie Ray. "It's part of the burden it carries to achieve what it wants to achieve." Meanwhile, the Electronic Privacy Information Center is readying a complaint for the Federal Trade Commission, and Facebook executives have scheduled a meeting with Schumer.
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