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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Congress alarmed about Facebook privacy



The House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus recently sent Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a letter expressing concern about growing reports of privacy breaches and the leaking of Facebook user IDs.

"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," wrote the committee co-chairmen, Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass) and Joe Barton (R-Texas).

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