Facebook's expansion triggers political backlash over user privacy - KMOV.com

Facebook's expansion triggers political backlash over user privacy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Four members of the Senate say the online social network Facebook needs to make it easier for its 400 million users to protect their privacy.

That could mean Facebook's plans to spread to other websites could be detoured by regulators. The Federal Trade Commission already had been examining the privacy and data collection practices of Facebook and other social networks.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer says he's gotten complaints from Web surfers about "social plug-ins." The online tools share Facebook's users interests in such products as clothes, movies and music on other websites. But users who don't want to be part of the company's expansion have to go through their privacy settings and change their preferences.

 

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