[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/27/art.face.cnn.jpg caption="Facebook is responding to criticisms from senators over privacy."]Washington (CNN) – Facebook is defending its privacy policies Tuesday, ahead of a Senate Democratic press conference taking aim at the popular social networking website.
Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer of New York, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Al Franken of Minnesota sent a letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier Tuesday to voice their concerns over the site's recent changes with regards to third-party sharing of user's information.
In a letter to the senators, Elliot Schrage, the vice president of global communications for Facebook, said the new changes allow for enhanced personalization and social activity while providing users with the ability to limit who is able to view their information.
The senators have asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into the privacy disclosures to ensure users are fully aware of the information they are making available to others.