The chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee fired off letters Tuesday to top dogs at Facebook and MySpace requesting more information about privacy breaches at those social networks reported in the press.
"These reports raise serious questions about social networking sites' commitment to enforcing their own privacy policies on behalf of consumers,"" Sen. John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) said in a statement.
"As Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, I am dedicated to protecting American consumers from abuse and violations of their trust," he continued. "I intend to find out whether today's social networking sites are adequately protecting their users' personal information."
In his letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Rockefeller demanded to know:
- What past problems has Facebook had with privacy infractions by its application providers and what has it done to rectify them?
- What steps has Facebook taken to notify members whose personal information has been mishandled?
Rockefeller's questions are good ones and we can't wait to see what kind of response he receives from the bigwigs at Facebook and MySpace.