Cyber Report

New Cyber Report: Top Story Facebook, Google Fuel Privacy Debate

TOP STORY
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 . . .

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