Facebook Under U.S. Judiciary Committee Scrutiny Over Privacy Issues

It looks like Facebook's efforts to assuage users fears on private data protection did not do too well with U.S. authorities as the company now faces scrutiny by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

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Committee chair John Conyers addressed a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, requesting information on third-party access to users' information. "We would appreciate a detailed explanation of the information about Facebook users that your company has provided to third parties without the knowledge of the account holders -- particularly in circumstances in which the users did not expressly opt for this kind of information sharing."

Trying to make good with its communication though, Facebook last Thursday had held a briefing on its new privacy controls for House and Senate staff at Capitol Hill.

What steps do you think Facebook will need to take to finally get out of the eye of the privacy storm?

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Liva Judic joined Search Engine Watch and ClickZ in May 2010 as a news blogger. She has lived and worked across the globe in Madagascar, Switzerland, London, NYC, Asia and is now based in between New York and Berlin.

Her background is in government relations and financial media where she started out as a journalist at Bloomberg and became senior editor at AFX news (now part of ThomsonReuters). Prior to forming her own consultancy Judic was head of international PR for a head of state.

Judic focuses on facilitating brand and marketing transitioning for European startups moving to the US. She has been named one of the Top 50 Industry Influencers of 2014 by AGBeat