After recently published findings that Facebook had been gathering information about the websites its users visited even after users logged out of Facebook, Congressmen Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the company's practices in this area. Facebook has admitted to collecting information about its users even after its users had logged out. Facebook reportedly obtained this information when users visited websites that connect with Facebook, including websites with Facebook's "Like" button. In a letter sent today to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, the Congressmen write that an investigation of Facebook tracking its users even after they log out should fall within the FTC's mandate with respect to protecting Americans from "unfair and deceptive acts or practices".
In the letter, Reps. Markey and Barton, co-Chairmen of the Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, write, "We believe that tracking users without their knowledge or consent raises serious privacy concerns. When users log out of Facebook, they are under the impression that Facebook is no longer monitoring their activities. We believe this impression should be the reality."
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