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House Caucus Wants Answers After Latest Round Of Facebook Privacy Concerns

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - Mark Zuckerberg was sent a message from a group on Monday, but it wasn't through Facebook.

The co-chairmen of the House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, Edward Markey (D-Mass) and Joe Barton (R-TX), have sent the Facebook CEO a letter seeking answers in the wake of another round of user privacy concerns, according to the Wall Street Journal. The latest incident, which was revealed on Monday, involved Facebook applications transmitting users' personal identifying information to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies.

The Journal reports:

Given Facebook's 500 million users and the amount of information they post on the site, "this series of breaches of consumer privacy is a cause for concern," the lawmakers wrote.

The letter asked Mr. Zuckerberg how many users had been affected by the breach, when Facebook became aware of it, and what changes Facebook plans in order to deal with the problem, among other questions. Facebook must respond by Oct. 27.

A company spokesperson suggested it was a stretch to call this incident a "breach," calling the word choice "curious at best."

The latest Facebook privacy fiasco shows that the world's largest online social hub is having a hard time putting this thorny issue behind it even as it continues to attract users and become indispensible to many of them. Facebook said it is working to fix the problem, and was quick to point out that the leaks were not intentional, but a consequence of basic Web mechanisms.

"In most cases, developers did not intend to pass this information, but did so because of the technical details of how browsers work," said Mike Vernal, a Facebook engineer, in a blog post Monday.

In a statement, Facebook said there is "no evidence that any personal information was misused or even collected as a result of this issue."

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