One little post from an Australian blogger is leading to some big problems for Facebook around the world. Last week, Nic Cubrilovic dug into the code of Facebook's cookies and found the social network continued to collect data on users even after they'd logged out. A Facebook engineer responded quickly explaining Facebook's cookie tracking in the comments Cubrilovic's post, and the company pushed an update a couple of days later that turned off the tracking. But the damage was already done. The revelation sparked a global firestorm of controversy, and it's not just about the cookies any more. Facebook is now dealing with a fresh batch of scrutiny over a host of new features on the site. Privacy advocates and lawmakers around the world are shouting louder than ever that Facebook has crossed the line too far this time and are calling for investigations into the company's privacy practices.
On Thursday, a group privacy advocates sent a 14-page letter to the Federal Trade Commission detailing Facebook's privacy violations and calling for a probe. Representatives from ten different consumer rights organizations co-signed the letter which urged the FTC to investigation "whether [recent changes to Facebook constitute unfair and deceptive trade practices, in violation of consumer protection law in the United States." Their letter comes just a couple days after two congressmen requested a similar investigation from the FTC. The commission has yet to respond.