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Senators Ask Facebook To Protect PII


March 10, 2011

The Hartford Courant reports on a letter by Democratic U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Al Franken, Sheldon Whitehouse and Charles Schumer asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to do more to protect users' privacy. They are specifically asking for changes to Facebook's "new plan to allow application developers to request what the lawmakers called 'sensitive personal information'--everything from the names of the user's family members to the bank they obtained their mortgage from," the report states. In the letter, the senators caution, "Anyone with ten minutes, $25 and a Facebook user's phone and address and no other information can obtain a breathtaking amount of information about that Facebook user."
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