Congress looks into Facebook privacy breach
After Sunday's news that an online glitch led to a major leak of Facebook user IDs, U.S. Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas), co-chairmans of the House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
"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.
While it seems responsible for the Privacy Caucus to investigate a privacy breach, is the Facebook breach really worth the excitement?
TechCrunch.com says no: "The big deal is that most people in tech, let alone the general population, have no idea what the [original] article is even about."
In an blogpost entitled, "Fear and Loathing at the Wall Street Journal," the online technology site sees the whole fears over the privacy breech as much ado about nothing.
If you do stuff online, people are tracking it and putting it into a database and trying to sell you stuff based on that. There's not much you can do about it except not be online. And it's not all that bad, really, to get ads for diapers when you're having a baby, or ads for cars when you are looking to buy a car. Life will go on.
The Post's Rob Pegoraro had a similar take on the situation.
Remember the fundamental bargain of any social network: You're trading some of your information for the ability to communicate easily with friends. As one commentary wisely put it: "If you think that social media exists for charitable reasons, think again."
| October 19, 2010; 9:36 AM ET
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