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As Officials Raise Concerns, Facebook Promises To Fix Glitch

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October 19, 2010

A report that some of Facebook's most popular applications have been transmitting user information to Web tracking companies has privacy advocates and legislators sounding an alarm. While Facebook issued a statement that there is "no evidence that any personal information was misused or even collected," The New York Times reports that the company plans to introduce "new technical systems that will dramatically limit the sharing of user IDs." Meanwhile, Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart is considering launching a new investigation into Facebook's privacy policies, and U.S. House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus Chairmen Edward Markey and Joe Barton have sent a letter to the company seeking more information on the way "third-party applications gathered and transmitted personally identifiable information about Facebook users and those users' friends." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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