Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Joe Barton (R-TX), and Diana DeGette (D-CO), sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, wondering why the site's new Data Use Policy was longer than the U.S. Constitution.
“Many of these actions [in the FTC settlement] have long since been rectified by Facebook in response to user concerns, but both the practices and user information collected by those practices give rise to questions nonetheless,” the letter said.
Facebook aside, the fact is that privacy policies are getting longer and more complex and more difficult for users to comprehend as websites attempt to put every possible way that they may or "might" use information now or in the future into the policies. The congressional inquiry may help to put a check on the "kitchen sink" approach to drafting.
Stearns and DeGette are the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations. Barton and Markey are co-chairmen of the Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus.