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4/26/10

Social networking sites could be forced to change how they share information

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Social networking sites could soon be forced to change the way they share your information.

New York Senator Charles Shumer wants the Federal Trade Commission to provide guidelines for sites Like Facebook and Twitter on how a user's private information can be used.

Facebook says it will make it easier for people to share information about what they like all over the Internet. Shumer argues users must go through a complicated and confusing process to keep private information from being shared.

"I'm also asking the FTC to say it should be opt-in not opt-out if you want your information quietly distributed, you have to say yes."Senator Charles Schumer,(D) New York.

Last week, Facebook, which has more than 400 million members, said it was going to share personal profile information with websites like the New York Times, the music site Pandora, ESPN and the travel site YELP.

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