Facebook, Google to Answer Lawmaker's Questions
ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.June 1, 2010
Google and Facebook will respond to requests from House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) to address recent privacy concerns related to both companies. Conyers wrote to the two companies on Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports, stating that he wants CEO Mark Zuckerberg to explain Facebook's privacy practices and Google CEO Eric Schmidt to retain records related to personal information the company collected through unsecured wireless networks. Meanwhile, a "Quit Facebook Day" organized in protest to the company's sharing of user information reportedly garnered few followers, raising questions about how widespread the concerns over Facebook's privacy policies are. The House Judiciary Committee is considering hearings and legislation related to Facebook and Google "to ensure that privacy concerns are as paramount as creativity to these and all Internet companies," Conyers said.