Facebook Pledges Steps on User Data

Facebook Inc. told lawmakers it had taken steps to prevent the sharing of personal information about users, including temporarily suspending certain applications from its site. That came after The Wall Street Journal reported recently that certain applications on Facebook were sending users’ ID numbers to marketers, in violation of Facebook’s policies. The lawmakers sought details about Facebook’s oversight of the 550,000 applications on its site. The news comes amid increasing government scrutiny of Internet privacy.

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