Senator: Site Needs To Protect Children's Privacy
SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.May 24, 2011
During last week's senate hearing on consumer privacy, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) criticized Facebook's efforts to protect children's privacy. To ensure children under the age of 13 are not using the site, the company tasks 100 employees to monitor the posts of about 600 million users--a policy that Rockefeller said is "completely indefensible," InfoSecurity reports. The publisher of Consumer Reports has written a letter asking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to strengthen efforts to protect children's privacy. At a recent event, Zuckerberg said that he wants children under the age of 13 to use Facebook and that restrictions mandated under COPPA should be changed. "That will be a fight we take on at some point," Zuckerberg said. Meanwhile, a bill in the California state legislature, SB 242, calls for social networking sites to have comprehensive controls to protect children and guidelines for privacy policies.