Lawmaker seeks cooperation from Google, Facebook

May 28, 2010

(AP) -- The head of the House Judiciary Committee is asking Google and Facebook to cooperate with government inquiries into privacy practices at both companies.

Michigan Democrat John Conyers sent letters to Inc. and Facebook on Friday amid mounting concern in Congress that the two online companies are not adequately protecting personal privacy on the Internet.

Google recently admitted that it had sucked up fragments of e-mails, Web surfing behavior and other online activities over public Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries while it was photographing neighborhoods for its "" mapping feature.

And has come under fire for sharing user information with a handful of other online services as part of its new "instant personalization" program.

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