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Washington's Facebook Concerns May Spur Regulations

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

May 4, 2010

Criticism from Sen. Charles Shumer (D-NY) and his counterparts in the House and Senate over the world's largest social networking service's move to automatically share user data with third-party sites could mark the next step toward online advertising regulation. That is the focus of an Advertising Age report looking at moves by Facebook and other companies that are raising privacy concerns at the federal level. "Privacy has not been a national political issue in the rank of the economy, war on terror or financial fallout; putting this on (Schumer's) agenda shows this has moved from insiders to a big of enough issue it gets on the national agenda," said Future of Privacy Forum Director Jules Polonetsky, CIPP. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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