Facebook replies to senator's call for curb

Facebook has offered to meet the US senator who has called for a curb on the social network’s power to share users’ personal information.

The offer came after New York senator Charles Schumer sent an open letter to the US Federal Trade Commission. In it, he asked the watchdog to look into privacy on social networking sites, with specific reference to Facebook.

Senator Schumer also wrote to a letter, signed by three other US senators, to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking him to protect the privacy of the site’s users.

The social networking giant has come under fire over its ‘Open Graph’ strategy since it was unveiled by Zuckerberg at the company’s F8 Facebook developer conference last week.

In an email to Schumer, Facebook’s vice president for communications and public policy, Elliot Schrage, outlined the newly-launched tools that allow partner sites to access Facebook user information. The data is used to offer an 'instant personalised' browsing experience.

Schrage offered to meet with the senator in order to reassure him about Facebook’s plans, saying: “These new products and features are designed to enhance personalisation and promote social activity across the Internet while continuing to give users unprecedented control over what information they share, when they want to share it, and with whom.”