FACEBOOK, GOOGLE MISSTEPS FUEL PRIVACY DEBATE,
WHILE FTC BACKS AWAY FROM REGULATION OF BT
Facebook was back in the privacy spotlight after a recent Wall Street Journal investigation found that many of the most popular Facebook applications were sharing user profiles with other advertisers and data firms (as was MySpace but to a more limited degree), while another study found that advertisers were able to identify a user’s sexual orientation based on their response to certain advertisements. This prompted the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) to promptly send a detailed list of questions to Facebook’s 26-year old CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The discovery has also led to class action lawsuit against Zynga, developer of the popular FarmVille. Read More . . .