On the heels of the earlier report about OnStar looking into your life now FaceBook has been caught doing the same. Through downloading cookies to your computer that send information back to Facebook, they have been caught tracking the websites you visit even when you are logged off.
Those of us who follow privacy rights have known for along time that websites such as FaceBook and Google keep records of their users behavior. There is a lot of money to be made for marketing research. With such websites connections to the government it is questionable whether or not this information that is gathered will be used for even more nefarious purposes. They have lied to us about these issues before, always claiming to not have done this. We should not be surprised if these practices to continue into the future. How do you think FaceBook funds it’s huge operation? The selling of personal information is one of the biggest profitable ventures of the internet.
Like a farmer’s need to know everything about their livestock so too does the government need to know everything about it’s citizenry in order to control the herd of the public.
*On government interactions with such companies as FaceBook and Google, article coming soon about In-Q-Tel
‘We didn’t mean to track you’ says Facebook as social network giant admits to ‘bugs’ in new privacy row
By Daniel Bates
Facebook has admitted that it has been watching the web pages its members visit – even when they have logged out.
In its latest privacy blunder, the social networking site was forced to confirm that it has been constantly tracking its 750million users, even when they are using other sites.
The social networking giant says the huge privacy breach was simply a mistake – that software automatically downloaded to users’ computers when they logged in to Facebook ‘inadvertently’ sent information to the company, whether or not they were logged in at the time.
Most would assume that Facebook stops monitoring them after they leave its site, but technology bloggers discovered this was not the case.
In fact, data has been regularly sent back to the social network’s servers – data that could be worth billions when creating ‘targeted’ advertising based on the sites users visit.