Senator Urges Facebook to Change Privacy Policies

Congress might be getting more involved in the fight over Facebook’s recent changes to its privacy policies. CNN.com reports that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) recently sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerman asking him to change the social networking site’s privacy settings. Facebook recently changed its policies to allow third parties to have access to certain user information.

In addition, Senate Judiciary Committee staffers met with Facebook executives on Wednesday to discuss the recent changes to the privacy policy. Schumer is a member of the committee, and he has been joined by fellow Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Mark Begich of Alaska and Al Franken of Minnesota to change their new privacy policies.

“While he appreciates the tremendous value Facebook and other social networking sites provide to their users, the senator feels strongly that these sites should establish an opt-in policy for sharing users private data with third party companies and the default setting should always be more restrictive, not less,” Brian Fallon, a Schumer spokesman, said in a statement to CNN.

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