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Mr. Zuck Goes to Washington

  • , Thursday, July 29, 2010 1:54 PM
A right of passage for any young mogul, Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg made his first pilgrimage to the Hill this week, meeting with Republican members of the Senate's high-tech task force to discuss a range of issues, and privacy in particular, the Washington Post reports. "Zuckerberg's private meetings came after a researcher released data on more than 100 million Facebook users, showing how easily it is to gather profile information about those users who are making their names, locations and email addresses available to the public," writes WaPo's Post Tech blog.

"Federal regulators have become increasingly concerned about how data are being used and collected with no clear rules on protecting consumer privacy on the Web. Lawmakers have responded with proposed legislation to make that process more transparent and curb some of the practices of advertisers." Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said of Zuck's trip: "This is his first visit to the nation's capital in an official capacity and he looks forward to sharing our company's unique perspectives on 21st-century innovation, U.S. competitiveness, the economy and related issues with a range of interested parties."

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