Facebook Knows What You're Doing Even After You Log Out - The UpStream

Facebook Knows What You're Doing Even After You Log Out

posted Sunday Oct 9, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Facebook Knows What You're Doing Even After You Log Out

Have you stopped using Facebook yet? Or have you not yet believed that their demise is not too far from the present? Either way, here's news that will be sure to get you to demand for a "Dislike" button. Remember when we talked about Facebook using their Like system for more than just a fun way to interact with friends? It appears that now Facebook has started to collect the information associated with you Liking something even after you have signed out of their software. They claim that this is part of their way to help protect your account and to make sure that nobody else is trying to login.

Facebook also says that all of the information from those Likes are not necessarily stored. This all stems from a discovery from an Australian computer expert, Nik Cubrilovic, who posted that some data was sent from Likes by users even after the user was already signed out. This not only raises some new concerns, but also questions Facebook's privacy policy yet again.

For more on this developing story, click the break.

Cubrilovic writes,

Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit. The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions.

Now, we know cookies have to be stored on your computer in order for Facebook and any website using their Like system to interact with each other. However, is Facebook merely using the data to connect the two sites or are they using it for more devious purposes?

Facebook says that it does receive that data but it is not used for security measures, stats or even stored anywhere. They say that they don't even target ads with the data from those Likes.

This doesn't help Facebook one bit. Another discovery of information and another denial of use of that information. If you're concerned about how you're being tracked, I'd suggest cleaning your cache and Internet storage after each visit on the web. Facebook has said that after these findings, they've patched and fixed some of the issues, but do you really believe them after another incident?

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