90 Miles From Tyranny : Facebook accused of tracking all users even if they delete accounts, ask never to be followed

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Facebook accused of tracking all users even if they delete accounts, ask never to be followed

A new report claims that Facebook secretly installs tracking cookies on users’ computers, allowing them to follow users around the internet even after they've left the website, deleted their account and requested to be no longer followed.

Academic researchers said that the report showed that the company was breaking European law with its tracking policies. The law requires that users are told if their computers are receiving cookies except for specific circumstances.

Facebook’s tracking — which it does so that it can tailor advertising — involves putting cookies or small pieces of software on users’ computers, so that they can then be followed around the internet. Such technology is used by almost every website, but European law requires that users are told if they are being given cookies or being tracked. Companies don’t have to tell users if the cookies are required to connect to a service or if they are needed to give the user information that they have specifically requested.

But Facebook’s tracking policy allows it to track users if they have simply been to a page on the company’s domain, even if they weren't logged in. That includes pages for...
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  1. Worse, they are an open book to government bureaucrats, intelligence agencies, police... seemingly any government who asks for any information they have. Then again, there isn't a information tech company that hasn't failed all of it's users. Google, Verizon, and the rest. Then again, with "invisible" courts which can order information and slap a company with a gag order... And yet, if they were honest Americans working in those companies, they would undercut the government, at the very least when the operation being fronted was purely ideological. The problem is, those companies agree with attacking certain ideas, like freedom, rights, and such. Free enough to have made their wealth, they aren't interested in competition. And, with the government on their side in that, they don't mind a little tit for tat.

    1. Perhaps this is why they are so keen on attracting foreign workers who come from countries without liberty and freedom, who would be willing and eager to do the bidding of their masters with no moral judgement, no sense of American right or wrong, no sense of American sensibilities of privacy or Government malfeasance.

    2. Aye. Plus it is cheap and replaceable. If they do something right (wrong in their eyes), they can be expended... essentially exiled back to where they came. Perfect people bots with a short leash.


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