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Politico: "Senate Democrats push Facebook on privacy"

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Yesterday, Politico wrote about Sen. Franken and his colleagues' letter to Mark Zuckerberg about the potential for abuse in Facebook's policies. 

This time, the letter is from Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). The lawmakers stress that access to a user's contact information threatens a person's other sensitive data - including his or her e-mail address and family members' names.

The members are calling on Facebook to "reconsider this policy," or at least "block this feature for Facebook users between 13 and 17 years of age."

Franken and his colleagues are also asking Facebook to disclose to users clearly how this information can be abused. They would like to require - if "operationally possible" - that all apps still be available to users who decline to grant apps access to their contact information.

Read the whole article here.

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