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    Update: More Senators Join Schumer in Urging Facebook to Simplify Its Privacy Controls

    The Associated Press has an update on a story concerning privacy and social-networking sites. Earlier this week, New York Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer called for the Federal Trade Commission to look into privacy and social-networking sites such as Facebook. “In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Schumer expressed his concern about the collection and sharing of data on these social networking sites and the disclosure process by which users are notified that their private information is being shared. He noted there are no guidelines for user privacy on social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter and that ever-changing privacy policies adopted by networks are often confusing to understand,” Schumer said in a press release.

    Now, the Associated Press reports it obtained a draft of a letter — signed by Schumer, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, and Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota — that calls for simpler privacy controls and is addressed to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

    It marks the second time in the past three days that Schumer has expressed his misgivings about a series of changes that Facebook announced last week. The new features are designed to unlock more of the data that the online hangout has accumulated about people during its six-year history. […]

    The political pressure threatens to deter Facebook’s efforts to put its stamp on more websites, a goal that could yield more moneymaking opportunities for the privately held company.

    Facebook’s expansion “raises new concerns for users who want to maintain control over their information,” the senators wrote in their preliminary draft.

    In a statement late Monday, Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said the company wants to meet with Schumer to explain its commitment to privacy. […]

    The senators also object to Facebook’s decision to allow other businesses store users’ data for more than 24 hours.

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