MADIGAN & 36 ATTORNEYS GENERAL DEMAND ANSWERS FROM FACEBOOK
Madigan & Other Attorneys General Demand Information on Facebook’s Business Practices & Privacy Protections
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 36 other attorneys general today sent a letter demanding answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company’s business practices and privacy protections.
The letter from Madigan and the other attorneys general stems from reports that indicate the data of at least 50 million Facebook profiles may have been misused by third-party software developers. Facebook’s policies allowed developers to access the personal data of “friends” of people who used certain applications – without the knowledge or consent of these users.
“Facebook apparently contends that this incident of harvesting tens of millions of profiles was not the result of a technical data breach; however, the reports allege that Facebook allowed third parties to obtain personal data of users who never authorized it, and relied on terms of service and settings that were confusing and perhaps misleading to its users,” the letter states.
“Facebook must provide detailed information about how it uses the vast amount of data it collects, how it protects that data and what steps it takes to maintain privacy of users’ data,” Madigan said.
The letter to Zuckerberg raises a series of questions about the social networking site’s policies and practices, including:
Joining Madigan in sending the letter were the attorneys general of Alabama, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.