Reps. Seek Info On Facebook Data Breaches


Reps. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), co-chairs of the House Privacy Caucus, want Facebook's CEO to answer a lot of questions in the wake of a report in The Wall Street Journal about major privacy breaches in the social network powerhouse.

"Given the number of current users, the rate at which that number grows worldwide, and the age range of Facebook users, combined with the amount and the nature of information these users place in Facebook's trust, this series of breaches of consumer privacy is a cause for concern," they wrote in a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

WSJ reported that tens of millions were affected by third-party applications that gathered personally identifiable information on users.

Calling it cause for concern, and pointing to pending privacy legislation that deals with how to protect consumer information online, they sought answers to a dozen-and-a-half questions, including exactly how many people were affected, what was the nature of the information, how many third parties got access to the info, have there been other breaches, will Facebook delete the info from databases or ad companies who got the data, and what it plans to do to make sure users have "better control" over their info.

They gave the company a deadline of Oct. 27.