Sen. Schumer Challenges Facebook on (Guess What?) Privacy
By Brennon Slattery
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has asked the FTC to design privacy rules for social networking sites, including clear guidelines on how information submitted to Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter is used and disseminated.
“Hundreds of millions of people use social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter every day,” Schumer told ABC News. “These sites have helped reconnect old friends, allow families from far away to stay in touch, and created new friendships; overall they provide a great new way to communicate. As these sites become more and more popular, however, it’s vitally important that safeguards are in place that provide users with control over their personal information to ensure they don’t receive unwanted solicitations.”
Schumer’s demand comes at an opportune moment. Facebook’s immediate cooperation could save the site from a lot of upcoming flak, and would set an example for other social networking sites to follow for years to come.
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