Privacy Heat May Put Facebook in Regulators’ Crosshairs

One almost has to pity Facebook. Less than a month after it rolled out user enhancements that were lauded even by privacy advocates, it is back in the doghouse, facing a class action lawsuit and testy inquiries from two members of Congress. The problem once again is privacy. Many of the most popular applications on Facebook have been transmitting identifying information — user IDs that could be linked to names of users and, in some cases, the names of their friends — to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies.

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