Noting Zuckerberg's response to that letter, the Congressman asked: "Why is Facebook, after previously acknowledging in a letter to Reps. Markey and Barton that sharing a Facebook User ID could raise user concerns, subsequently considering sharing access to even more sensitive personal information such as home addresses and phone numbers to third parties?"
In response to a request for comment on the letter today, Facebook e-mailed a statement that made no direct reference to Markey and Barton's letter. "As an innovative company that is responsive to its users, we believe there is tremendous value in giving people the freedom and control to take information they put on Facebook with them to other websites," the statement said.
The statement stressed Facebook's commitment to ensuring that user information is shared only with the explicit consent of users and notes that its system of user permissions was designed in collaboration with privacy experts.
The Facebook state acknowledged the need for additional privacy enhancements before the new feature can be enabled. "Great people at the company are working on that and we look forward to sharing their progress soon."
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