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Monday, April 09, 2018

Facebook Tracks Us Even If We Don't Have Facebook

Follow up to the earlier IBA post WHISTLEBLOWER: FACEBOOK LISTENS IN ON YOUR CONVERSATIONS AT HOME AND AT WORK, from the article Facebook Is Tracking You Even If You’re Not on Facebook:
Facebook's problems just keep accumulating, drip by drip—or more like splash by splash. It’s now been discovered that Facebook not only collects and uses the personal data of its members but also collects the data of those who never signed up for Facebook.

So if you're one of those who blames Facebook users for allowing their personal data to be compromised, don't be so smug. Facebook may be sharing your personal data as well.

Daniel Kahn Gillmor, senior staff technologist at the ACLU, discovered that, although he never joined Facebook or any other social network, Facebook has a detailed profile on him.

Facebook obtains information from those not on Facebook in two different ways: from other Facebook users and by tracking people who visit other other sites on the web.

When people sign up for Facebook, they’re encouraged to upload their contacts to make it easier for Facebook to connect them with their friends. That allows Facebook to access personal contact information for people who never signed up for the platform or gave their permission to share their information. Facebook knows that these contacts are friends of the new Facebook user, and can start compiling additional details on these non-members.


Facebook also tracks individuals when they visit other websites. Whenever they click a "like" button on the website, that information often gets fed back to Facebook, along with a list of the websites visited and any Facebook-specific cookies the browser might have collected. Facebook calls this a "third-party request." As individuals do this over time, Facebook is able to accumulate a detailed profile, again, even though they never signed up for a Facebook account....
Read the entire article HERE.

It seems that any right we ever had to privacy has been permanently breached via our participation in almost anything on the web.

I'm thinking that our Age of Technology, albeit informative and convenient, has unleashed a monster and that there is no way of avoiding this monster. Maybe I'm wrong about that....

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