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Facebook again taken to task on user security

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(Read caption) Facebook has come under fire by a coalition of privacy groups, which say Facebook is still not doing enough to protect users. In May, Facebook greatly simplified its security settings – a move widely seen as a concession to a growing wave of anger over Facebook's security policies.

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And Facebook thought the worst was already over.

On Thursday, a group of ten privacy groups, including the ACLU of Northern California and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sent an open letter to Facebook, asking the site to close several outstanding security loopholes. The letter comes weeks after Facebook simplified its security settings, in an attempt to pacify thousands of critics, who claimed Facebook was carelessly exposing user information.

The open letter includes a range of suggestions, according to Information Week. Chief among them: Give users more control over in-site applications. "One issue that must be resolved is the 'app gap': the fact that applications and web sites that use the Facebook Platform can access a user's information if that user's friend – and not the user herself – runs the app or connects with the site," the letter says.

Facebook should also require users to opt-in before they share their profile photo, name, and network affiliations, the coalition argues. Facebook currently makes that information public, and requires users to flip a handful of switches to hide their profile information.

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