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Amid growing concerns from privacy advocates and legislators alike, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Tuesday that it plans to create guidelines on Internet privacy to protect consumers from abuse of their personal data by social networking, Internet search and location tracking companies. The Washington Post reports the announcement came after a call by four senators seeking improved FTC enforcement and rules. "The FTC is examining how social networks collect and share data as part of a project to develop a comprehensive framework governing privacy going forward," said FTC spokeswoman Cecelia Prewett. "Our plan is to develop a framework that social networks and others will use to guide their data collection, use and sharing practices." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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