Facebook is still tracking you, whether you have an account or not

Randal Sanchez
April 17, 2018

And now, Facebook has come out with a detailed response to relevant questions about the information the company receives from other websites and apps, how Facebook uses that data, and the options users have.

The Indian government had also questioned both the companies on the impact of the data breach. "And Amazon, Google and Twitter all offer login features", Facebook said. "This means protecting it via finding and fixing security vulnerabilities, but also from third party companies or apps buying or collecting their data through other means barred by our terms".

For those without a Facebook account who are concerned about the company tracking them across the web, there is little that can be done to stay away from its Eye of Sauron-like gaze. That's the argument being made by three IL plaintiffs on behalf of millions of Facebook users in San Francisco federal court, where U.S. District Judge James Donato, unsympathetic to the tech giant, ruled on Monday that the class-action lawsuit against the company could proceed. That way, users can once again be Facebook's customer, not its product.

- Don't use any Facebook apps, like Mafia Wars. But Facebook's business model, as Zuckerberg repeatedly explained in his testimony, depends upon ads shown to people based on the interests they share on the network. "We'll keep working to make that easier". He said, "I want to be clear: We don't sell people's data".

Baser confirmed that Facebook collects data even when you are not logged into your Facebook account.

Want to find out if your data was affected? The countries listed were Philippines, UK, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada, India, Brazil, Vietnam and Australia. As well, users can opt to have their News Feeds display content chronologically instead of in the order of what Facebook predicts they might be most interested in.

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The company however said it is taking numerous measures. How do we consent to our data being shared?

He also claimed that the information received from websites and apps was also used to help protect the security of Facebook. "This is because other apps and sites don't know who is using Facebook", reads the blog post. Facebook receives all of this data as well, Baser said, as well as information on which website or app is being used.

Baser reiterated that Facebook does not sell people's data.

The company also suspended a data analytics firm called Cubeyou ahead of an investigation. Australian Facebook users affected by the leak and data breach may have had their messages, deleted images, and other data accessed by third-parties looking to develop personality profiles for political gain.

Suspicious pages included Facebook pages with little to no information about who is behind them, pages that have been taken down and ones that have had little activity since Election Day 2016.

Baser said the company uses the data for three purposes: "providing our services to these sites or apps; improving safety and security on Facebook; and enhancing our own products and services".

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