Congressmen Send Letter on Privacy Breach to Facebook CEO

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Congress is getting involved in the privacy breach involving popular Facebook games and other applications which was reported earlier this week. According to the report, House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus co-chairs Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) sent a joint letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressing their concerns about the situation.

“Given the number of current users, the rate at which that number grows worldwide, and the age range of Facebook users, combined with the amount and the nature of information these users place in Facebook’s trust, this series of breaches of consumer privacy is a cause for concern,” the representatives wrote.

The problem was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which investigated popular games like Farmville and Texas HoldEm and found that the user IDs of players had been sent to advertising and Internet-tracking companies. The Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro echoed the sentiment of many online critics that the breach was a minor issue; however, it is another embarrassing glitch for Facebook, which has been plagued by privacy issues over the past year.

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