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Legislators Question Facebook on Privacy

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

February 3, 2011

As privacy legislation discussions continue at the federal level, Reps. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have again sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about privacy concerns. Writing to Zuckerberg on Wednesday, the legislators requested answers to questions prompted by changes the social network outlined last month about sharing such user data as mobile phone numbers and addresses with third parties, nextgov reports. Markey said the goal is "to better understand Facebook's practices regarding possible access to users' personal information by third parties. This is sensitive data and needs to be protected."
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