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Congress Grills Zuckerberg On Plans To Share User Addresses, Cell Numbers

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Last month, Facebook told developers they’d be able to get users’ current address and mobile-phone numbers. Even though the feature would have required getting explicit permission from users, apparently it didn’t go over too well in some parts. Three days later, Facebook put the feature on hold while it works on a better procedure to make it explicit to users when exactly they’re granting access to their most direct contact information.

But now two members of Congress want to know more about these plans-the Republican and Democratic co-chairs of the Congressional Privacy Caucus sent Mark Zuckerberg a letter asking for a lot more detail about his plans for user phone numbers and addresses.

The co-chairs, Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas), have 11 different questions they’ve posed to Zuckerberg. Once this new sharing feature is re-enabled, they want to know exactly what will be shared-and they want to know a lot more about how Facebook came up with this idea in the first place.

Among other things, Barton and Markey would like Facebook to explain how it decided to suspend the rollout of this feature in the first place. And if users opt in once, will they be able to have that information deleted if they later decide that sharing was a bad idea?

There’s also an undertone of annoyance that Facebook would go ahead and roll out such a feature given that the company acknowledged last year that sharing Facebook User IDs with app developers did raise privacy issues. The company told the same two Congressmen in October that it was “in the process of making a technical change to address the issue.” If Facebook saw the light and realized that User IDs were sensitive info, how could it think that users’ home addresses and mobile phone numbers-“even more sensitive information” than a User ID-should be easily accessed by developers?

Facebook has until Feb. 23 to answer the letter. Given the tone of the letter-and the fact that online privacy is quickly becoming a topic of interest among both parties on Capitol Hill-this is one feature that Facebook might be putting on ice for awhile.

13 Responses to “Congress Grills Zuckerberg On Plans To Share User Addresses, Cell Numbers”

  1. newbedave


    It all started when DAVID was logged in to the Harvard website, where I was listening in to the conversations of the Harvard students. One of these students was Mark Zuckerberg who was talking about Face Smash and he had just broken up with his girlfriend at the time, so I struck up a conversation with this Mark Zuckerberg. He was talking about creating a dating site. I thought this was a bit odd – a pie in the sky idea since he had just broken up with his girlfriend and he was slagging her off – calling her a bitch and a whore.
    dave talked to Mark about the idea, and suggested he call it Face Mash. He was intrigued with my suggestion and thought it was a good idea. Mark wanted to call it Face Smash, because he wanted to smash his ex in the face. I convinced him that Face Mash was a good idea and he agreed, but one week later he changed his mind and wanted to call it Face Smash. When I queried him about this he replied ‘f…. off you c…- I’m calling it Face Smash’. Two weeks after this conversation he came up with the name Mashable and when I asked him why he chose the word Mashable instead of Face Mash he said ‘f,…off you bastard, Face mash is not your idea’. So I re-posted the conversations we had two weeks earlier and he had to apologize and said he was going with Mashable. I took this as a sign that he wanted to throw me off the scent and take the site for himself. dave found the character of Mark Zuckerberg to be deceptive and dishonest and ended conversing with Mark Zuckerberg because of his dishonesty and lack of integrity


    After this dave started conversing with Dustin and Chris about an idea of mine called Facebook for an online service where students can post pictures and information on themselves and use it as a directory. They were very intrigued by my idea and wanted to know more.
    dave told them that in the beginning, it would be an online service just for Harvard students, and then spreading through the other campuses in America, joining them up together. The idea was to make it easy for people to connect with other university students so they could get an idea of what other campuses were like, and even eventually spreading through the general public, giving them an idea of what was on offer at the different campuses.
    Dustin and Chris were very intrigued with my idea and said they wanted to be on board. but zuck was there roommate and wonted to be on board zuckerberg was apologetic about face-mash but it was bull shit
    dave talked extensively about my ideas of Facebook and went into great detail of how to get it set up and started. They queried about the finance of setting it up and I told them I was in contact with Tony Robbins, who was interested by the idea and we were having discussions regarding his financial backing of the project


    So we needed a platform dave made contact with paul ceglia and was in discussion about a platform for my idea the facebook
    but zuckerberg made contact to paul ceglia to steal the idea facebook ‘paul ceglia had no legal right to sell the the platform to mark zuckerberg but zuckerberg new what he was doing when he sign the contract
    (paul ceglia had no legal right to sell the the platform to mark zuckerberg } the contract was to David not zuckerberg


    dave then found another contact at Harvard, called Eduardo Saverin and invited him to join me in developing my idea, and also to find out what was going on between Dustin, Chris and Mark . eduardo offered finance to get facebook up and running but zuckerberg spent the money on him self selfish prick zuck spent eduardo saverin money and spat in his face your best friend .this is the reason how eduardo got a invitation into facebook

    THEN david got e-mails from zuckerberg saying he was not interested in the idea facebook david then contacted dustin chris to find out about this email i got from zuckerberg; they went into denial about this. but later on got a email from chris saying they were not interested in the idea facebook


    So dave found a site at Harvard called Harvard Connect (later, in 2004 changed to Harvard Connect To You) run by Cameron and Taylor Winklevoss, and dave explained everything about Facebook and the dealings with Zuckerberg, Dustin and Chris and how dave believed that Zuckerberg was in the process of stealing david idea, and dave asked if the Winklevosses were interested in running Facebook on the Harvard site

    They expressed enthusiasm in the offer and liked the idea of running the site as they liked the concept of Facebook.They told me that they were going to change their site name and redesign it at that time (to Harvard Connect To You The person they called in to help them
    redesign their site was Mark Zuckerberg who then stole their platform : I told them that zuckerberg was a crook the winklevoss where to dumb and dupe by zuckerberg And what do the winklevoss remind me off; its two building and the two buildings were the TWIN TOWERS you guys talk about the truth like you own the truth but you do not and never will

    the winklevoss contacted summers at UV about zuckerberg but summers new the full story of how zuckerberg stole facebook and it was david idea
    david then log a complaint to the FBI about this stolen fake connect 2u account with fake information and about mark zuckerberg


    it did not take long for david to realize that the winklevoss were not up to do the job when cameron found out that david log a complaint to the fbi on zuckerberg cameron sed that is not the way we do things but tyler wonted to file a lawsuit on zuckerberg but cameron was the dominant personality and the hole idea facebook was on the verge of collapse david then got emails from the winklevoss saying they were now longer interested in the idea facebook( NOT A SURPRISE
    DAVID found out later on that the winklevoss contacted WAYNE CHANG and sold 50% of the idea facebook my god how dumb can you get .all the winklevoss had to do was go hire a team of programmers or learn to program on their own .and the idea facebook was a sound and solid idea and the right skillful execution of the idea was all that was needed this was david skill.


    zuckerberg then went on to create a FAKE CONNECT 2U account filled with FAKE information from the stolen platform he stole from the winklevoss Dave got a email from this FAKE CONNECT 2U account . but dave new it was FAKE it was zuckerberg .
    zuckerber wonted more info and idea to steal so dave gave one idea and it was to put a silver layer around the F word on facebook to see if zuckerberg was going to steal this idea and yes he did


    the idea facebook the name facebook the concept and the execution of facebook
    david understands that zuckerberg has a mental personality disorder but this is no excuse for being a asshole and a thief zuckerberg
    you see zuck dustin and chris new that facebook was a billion dollar idea but you stole the idea facebook . chris you may have step up about being gay but you need to step up and tell the truth about how zuckerberg stole facebook


    yes zuckerberg got a girlfriend and no he did not get her from GRAIGS-LIST . but he did break up with his girlfriend and look for love on graigs-list or as zuckerberg put it looking for a new bitch .zuck did not realize that you had to pay for the girls on graigs-list .zuck sad what do you mean you have to pay you pay and if you are unlucky you have to pay twice when you have go to the clinic ; zuckerberg saw every thing as a possession some thing to take when he stole the idea facebook and his girlfriend ; zuckerberg social skills are that poor zuck can not pick up sand if he was standing in the middle of a desert and had to go back to his old girlfriend that is all he had ; facemash and facebook was zuckerberg quest to understand woman FAIL

    zuckerberg do not use your girlfriend to polish your bull-shit it will not work and never will


    friend-star it failed end of story : my-space was a good idea but failed to mash the idea with the changing social landscape
    sean parker seam to think the only reason we won was because of the gross incompetence of myspace systematically over a period of many years
    my god sean parker grow up you do not have your finger on the pulse of social change that just your but-hole


    chris you may have step up about being gay but you need to step up and be a man tell the truth about how zuckerberg stole facebook; and sorry for
    telling zuck & dustin that you were gay back in the year 2003 .zuckerberg ask david if he was safe around chris when zuck found out that chris was gay chris do-not call your self a HERO tell the truth about facebook then you can call your self a HERO !! david contacted freedom to marry in order to contact chris ; the person david contacted at freedom to marry was Sean Eldridge. sean was given all the info on how zuckerberg stole facebook and agreed to contact chris hughes ;but Sean Eldridge lost his objective trip up and stuck his dick up chris hughes bum-hole and the relationship was borne : Chris Hughes just wanted to do something good with his billions. partner Sean Eldridge just wanted to spend his good billions so who is sewing who in this relationship; Chris will you name the person who motivated you to work for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign but you can-not ‘you stole from this person

    Read more:

    AARON GREENSPAN the word-smith

    david then went to Aaron Greenspan who was running house systems at Harvard and asked him (under an email non disclosure agreement) to run Facebook on his site which he agreed to do. aaron greenspan used the (info) to extort financal money out of facebook and zuckerberg paid the extortion money and dave call it extortion U see zuckerberg new aaron greenspan new zuck had stolen the idea facebook .I sent all the emails copy to aaron greenspan:{ aaron sold him self off like a hooker standing on a street corner } and what was that quotation aaron that quotation you set me about honour and truth you now the same bullshit the winklevoss are bullshiting on about
    Aaron J. Greenspan says that while he was a student at Harvard, he came up with the idea for Facebook, the social-networking Web site
    An e-mail message, circulated widely by Mr. Greenspan to Harvard students on Sept. 19, 2003, describes the newest feature of houseSYSTEM, as “the Face Book,” an online system for quickly locating other students. The date was four months before Mr. Zuckerberg started his own site, originally “” Greenspan retained his college e-mail messages and provided The New York Times with copies of his communications with)zuckerberg , mark zuckerberg did not dispute the chronology of events or the authenticity of Mr. Greenspan’s e-mail messages. NOT A SURPRISE


    david kirkpatrick was given all the emails and was made fully aware of how zuckerberg stole facebook from david in the beginning david gave kirkpatrick 80% of the emails kirkpatrick then ask if there was more ‘ yes there is more but ask kirkpatrick that he must reveal the truth the other 20% was email from paul ceglia to me dave made contact with paul ceglia and was in discussion about a platform for my idea the facebook
    as for kirkpatrick you are a prick kirkpatrick falls victim to the bane of many business historians infatuation with the subject and the money just a porn-star. Kirkpatrick, if you could stop swinging from Zuck’s nut-sack for a just a minute maybe you’d realize what a suck-up you really are


    ben mezrick was given copes of the emails in and around 2004 dave posted a copy of the emails to ben mezrick and to david kirkpatrick as for kirkpatrick your book is a joke and so are you :
    you are just a fence jumper david kirkpatrick and its chris that is the gay one you dick ‘you sold yourself out you were given the full story of how zuckerberg stole facebook; and sold out
    in a email to eduardo i told him to get a lawyer zuckerberg was going to screw him over and told him to contact ben mezrick
    eduardo told me he had a lawyer he can trust but zuckerberg and the lawyer screwed him over; david made contact to ben and ben mezrick got
    80% of the emails about how zuck stole facebook and about the winklevoss and that facebook was davids idea


    And what are you going to do zuckerberg when paul ceglia wins you can call the contract a fake a counterfeit ; you cant can you zuckerberg Yes you did sign a contract zuckerberg In a email zuckerberg called paul ceglia a dum sucker in 2003 i david posted a copy on to the internet and the
    roomer spread years a go that zuckerberg had sign the contract and yes the abc news room have a copy of the email


    So zuckerberg what are your options zuck i suppose you can tell the truth you see paul cegia had no legal right to sell you the platform
    david was in contact to paul cealia about a platform suitable for facebook but you wonted to steal facebook by stealth and you will have to tell
    your mother and farther and sisters how you stole the idea facebook


    You can’t gift your way out of controversy zucerberg Generosity is not always well-received and what is your true nature bill gates now your true
    nature a trojan horse, africa will rise with out your money and the money you gifted zuck is from a stolen idea ;BILL GATES do not bet against
    DAVID ON THIS the last time you bet against david you lost REMEMBER and you now the truth about mark zuckerberg


    lisa simpson was made a were of the fact that ZUCKERBERG had sign a contract to PAUL CEGLIA years a go ‘and was a were that on a video disk ZUCKERBERG openly admitted ;saying that facebook was not his idea but david idea; lisa got a court order to get the two disks and distorted the sound track on the disk in a deliberate act to hid the fact zuckerberg stole the idea facebook ; lisa simpson was made a were of the fact that ZUCKERBERG had sign a contract to PAUL CEGLIA by TONY MERCHANT of the law firm merchant law merchant law


    “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” Sadly, most of the people don’t wish to bite the hands that feeds them

    The Securities and Exchange Commission says it has set aside about $450 million for payments to outside whistleblowers whose information results in successful ?? ….. SOME THING YOU WONT TO LOOK AT LISA SIMPSON ,, and the best way to rob a bank is to own a bank


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  2. Chris Mercer

    I think the majority of adult users would be satisfied if FB would take measures to protect information about minors. Adults know the risk and make informed choices–not minors. I am amazed how such a bright guy like Zuckerberg could overlook something so fundamental to our national values (but then again he has been described as a person without values). All he needed to do from the beginning was verify the age of the user and then he would have a way to exclude minors from information collecting. It might be time for a new FB like networking site, only ran by folks with some integrity.

  3. The fact that Zoogerberger was given the green light during chimpy’s dynasty attempt to ‘sell’ anything he wanted, to anybody he wanted, any time (under the Patriot Act), this may have been their thinking. I’m sure that chimpy and darth told them to go ahead as part of a larger intelligence program.

    SO, Zoogerberger was just doing what he was told he could do…. Let him whine from SuperMax.

  4. xmichaelx

    “I say we start to bring FB to trial as an accomplice to the murders of women by stalkers & the kidnapping of cute little kids by pedophile groups as a result of Facebook’s utter disdain for privacy.”

    Well, seeing as how there’s no evidence for these “pedophile groups”, and that adult women should know better than to make their phone # publicly available, that would be a little foolish.

  5. What happened to the days of personal responsibility? Do you mean that me as an adult are responsible for my own actions and keeping my own information off of a social website? Noooo that can’t be! Bring Facebook to trial? For what? If your child is on facebook and you don’t like it, maybe as a parent you should DO something about it! Oh my god did you say parenting? Whats that? I would tell these kinds of people to get a life but how about you first try getting involved in your childs life first! SMH

  6. Rich Eicher

    It would be a good thing as long as the permission system is ‘sound’. They should only provide it to ‘trusted partners’.

    So when you get Skype or Google Voice on your TV set in your living room…. do you want to retype all of your phone numbers to make a call? or do you want to just type your FB user/pass and see your phonebook? You certainly do not want to store your numbers on the TV in your living room do you?

  7. While I definitely don’t want facebook apps (or app developers… but that’s really a misnomer) to get access to my personal information without me giving explicit access to it, what I fail to understand is what does Congress have to do with it?

    It’s pretty easy: if you don’t want your data at risk of becoming public and misused DON”T PUT IT ON THE INTERNET! It’s really as simple as that. We’ve seen major private data leaks from banks, universities, government agencies and we’re worried about facebook? What needs to happen is a campaign explaining people that every “private” e-mail they send, has a good chance of becoming public. Every “private” photo they post on a site or they share with a few friends only, can become visible to all. Every personal information they share with a social network, bank, government institution, can become available to everyone or to a subset of identity thieves at some point. Whether it happens through a company’s desire to make money off that data, or mishandling of privacy and security it doesn’t really matter. But if the intrinsic risk is understood by everyone, then everyone can make informed decisions about what they choose to share.

    I share a lot online, and I definitely don’t want to share certain things with everyone. But I know that may happen without my knowledge and when that happens I’ll take measures with the source of the leak directly. I definitely do not want Congress or government play the good cop when they can’t clean up their own practices.

  8. Nobody should be surprised that this is happening, given the capitalist mindset so prevalent in America and the vast userbase of FaceBook. The names, phone numbers, and addresses of millions of users are essentially a goldmine, waiting to be tapped by relatively dishonest business practices and trickery. While FaceBook may guarantee that users will never have to pay for access, they can no longer claim that their website is “safe” to use. Personally, I can’t imagine what would happen if app developers were to get ahold of the phone number to my Virgin Mobile cell phone, which charges per text message and phone call received.

  9. Trevor220

    I say we start to bring FB to trial as an accomplice to the murders of women by stalkers & the kidnapping of cute little kids by pedophile groups as a result of Facebook’s utter disdain for privacy.