Legislators Take Further Aim At Facebook

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Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.), co-chairs of the bipartisan House Privacy Caucus, want
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to answer a bunch of questions about his company's plans to relaunch a feature that shares personal information with third parties.

The legislators are already Facebook pen pals, having sought information from the company last year after reports
companies on the site were accessing personal info without consent.

Now, in a letter to Zuckerberg dated Feb. 2, they want to know about a plan to make addresses and mobile phone numbers available to third-party web sites and application developers.

Among the questions they want answered are just what information will be shared, what risks it could pose to
teens and kids, what are the opt-in and opt-out options and why, having acknowledged that sharing info could
raise user concerns, was it "considering sharing access to even more sensitive personal information such as home addresses and phone numbers to third parties?"

Markey is planning on introducing a bill later this year that would prevent the tracking and profiling of kids online behavior and personal information. The Commerce Department has released a report encouraging industry to adopt its own flexible, user-friendly do-not-track regime, and the Federal Trade Commission will likely advise that enforcement of Markey's Child Online Privacy Protection Act be updated to provide more privacy protections for teens.

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