Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Another good reason to disable cookies.

Turns out Facebook has been observing your internet browsing even when you are logged out.

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.

The website's practices were exposed by Australian technology blogger Nik Cubrilovic and have provoked a furious response across the internet.

I used to think I was paranoid for disabling cookies, popups, Flash, Java and Active X crap.  Turns out no, I wasn't. It's not just that they know your name and where you live, they know every damn website you've ever visited.
Seems to me there's a real market out there for software to secure your browser against people like Facebook and Google.
Imagine what the -government- must be doing.

The Unfortunately Not Paranoid Enough Phantom


WiFi Lunchbox Guy said...

Facebook is allegedly close to the CIA. Google supposedly has interesting partners, too.

Also making the rounds, there is noise the US Federal Reserve wants to monitor blogs and other social media.

There's just no end to this. :(

Alyric said...

Apparently, the free exchange of ideas is dangerous to the 'free' world, too.

Who knew.