FOUR UNITED STATES SENATORS have written to Facebook wunderling Mark Zuckerberg and urged him to make it easier for users to protect their privacy.
Associated Press has seen a copy of the letter, reports that it is signed by Senators Charles Schumer of New York, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Al Franken of Minnesota, and says it is on its way to Zuckerberg. Since these are US Senators, we don't expect they favoured the email approach to old fashioned post, though.
In the letter the Senators ask for improved privacy controls, most notably that plans to add the 'Like' button to the general Internet should be reined in and used less as a marketing aid. According to the AP, the letter observes that this expansion "raises new concerns for users who want to maintain control over their information."
Facebook currently requests that its users opt-out of some of its more controversial options, and shares a range of personal information with partner sites automatically by default. This should be reversed, the Senators said, so that people have to choose to opt-in instead.
Facebook has quickly responded to the AP report, and in a statement said, "We've developed powerful tools to give our users control over what information they want to share, when they want to share it and with whom."
Obviously, Facebook still doesn't 'get it' yet about its responsibility to protect its users' rights to privacy, and it is going to take either lawsuits or legislation, or both, before it will. µ