Facebook Privacy Questioned by House of Representatives
U.S. Representatives Edward Markey (D. Mass.) and Joe Barton (R. Texas) have sent Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg a letter questioning Facebookâs privacy policies regarding the sharing of user information, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The letter follows the Oct. 18 WSJ report that many of Facebook’s apps share personal data with third-party advertisers and Internet tracking firms. Those apps include “Texas HoldEm Poker,” “Mafia Wars,” and “FarmVille,” the last of which has about 50 million users.
In the letter, Markey and Barton, co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, ask Zuckerberg for details about when Facebook first became aware its apps were sharing personal information, how many of the social networking siteâs 500 million users have been affected by the privacy breach, and how Facebook plans to address the issue.
Facebook was given a deadline of Oct. 27 for a response.