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Facebook Privacy Settings Attract Another Congressional Inquiry

It appears Facebook’s controversial privacy settings have sent Congress sniffing out wrongdoing at the company once more. After receiving similar inquiry requests little more than a year ago, Mark Zuckerberg has some more explaining to do to the House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus.

Zuckerberg may not be heading to the Capitol anytime soon, but he has two weeks to answer for a recent announcement that the company may be providing private user information to third parties. According to CNN, the letter request sent to the Facebook CEO centered around concerns that the company could be profiting off of privacy breaches users may have little to no information on:

“Please explain why Facebook, while previously acknowledging in its letter to us that sharing a [Facebook User ID] could raise user concerns, subsequently considered sharing of a user’s home address and mobile phone number – even more sensitive personal information than a UID – to be information that should be more easily accessible to third parties,” they wrote in the letter.

They also question whether the announcement of such a policy was made sufficiently public as to give users notice should they want to block their information. It’s not the first time Facebook finds itself in hot water for their

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