Lawmakers question Facebook on privacy

We look forward to reviewing the letter from Chairman Stearns and Ranking Member DeGette [of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations] and we are pleased to answer any questions they may have, a Facebook spokesman said via email.

The lawmakers asked Zuckerberg to explain Facebooks tracking and information-collection practices, including what data the firm collects from both users and non-users. They also ask if Facebook offers users a way to opt out of all information collection and to explain how it treats users personal data.

“We live in an age of information, which requires careful protection of our privacy,” Stearns said.

“In the recently announced settlement reached by the Federal Trade Commission with Facebook, the FTC outlined a number of incidents since 2009 where consumers were misled about the treatment of their personal information.”

The lawmakers requested answers to their questions no later than Jan. 3.