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Monday, October 3, 2011

Facebook Faces Suit For Tracking Logged Out Users

It's happening again! We've seen Facebook overcome law suits over the years. The most popular one being the suit with the Winklevoss twins, when they accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea. This time it's a privacy issue. An australian blogger found out 2 weekends ago, that Facebook was tracking users after they logged out with the use of its cookies. Websites usually use cookies to find location, browsing history and other user parameters so proper ads can be targeted. Turns out facebook's cookies stay on your computer longer than they should.

About a year ago, the plaintiff Perrin Aikens Davis of Illinois, had alerted Facebook of this issue and has now sued them claiming:
"This admission came only after an Australian technology blogger exposed Facebook's practice of monitoring members who have logged out, although he brought the problems to the defendant's attention a year ago,"

On September 30th, Facebook Andrew Noyes told CNET “We believe this complaint is without merit and we will fight it vigorously,” 

A Facebook spokesperson on September 25th is quoted as saying “Facebook does not track users across the web,”

Also on September 25th, A Facebook commented on the original post and said “Generally, unlike other major Internet companies, we have no interest in tracking people.”

 It has now been found that Facebook has filed a patent on September 21st with the US Government where it plans to track users while they browse through other websites. Check the patent here “A method is described for tracking information about the activities of users of a social networking system while on another domain.”

Here are a few steps to make sure your facebook information is secure. What do you think about this