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Online privacy advocates are getting some high-profile support.
This weekend, Senator Chuck Schumer asked the Federal Trade Commission to create guidelines for how user information is shared by online social networks. A bill with similar privacy-protecting goals was introduced in the House on Thursday.
The moves follow an ambitious attempt by Facebook to extend its reach over the Web, which has raised a new round of privacy concerns. But Facebook isn't alone. Blippy, a startup which allows users to share their purchasing histories online, apologized today for inadvertently making available users' credit card numbers and, last month, Google received flak from an FTC commissioner over how it handled privacy when unveiling its Buzz social network.