Facebook tracks your every move

  • Get a Free Rabbit Vibe with Orders $59+

Facebook tracks your every move

wetone123 wetone123
The "social" media empire Facebook has unveiled some new "features" on its platform in recent days that many allege are a total and compete privacy-breaching nightmare. But one hidden feature, discovered by Nik Cubrilovic, an Australian entrepreneur and writer, that few people are aware of is the fact that Facebook now monitors your online activity, even when you are not logged in to the service.

With each new change Facebook makes, users' privacy becomes a little less ... nonexistent, if you will. The most recent "News Feed" modifications, for example, display everything you say and do on the site to all of your "friends," and even to the public. And now, even after logging out of Facebook, permanent "cookies" track all your movements on websites that contain Facebook buttons or widgets.

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

But how many Facebook users will actually know to do this? The site has never announced to its users that it is even tracking them in the first place, let alone given them any instructions on how to "opt-out" of this egregious invasion of privacy.

Facebook, of course, has become infamous for simply changing its site setup, including privacy settings, and leaving it up to users to figure out how to contain their breached information after the fact. It has switched from an "opt-in" approach, where users used to be given the option to "upgrade" to new features, to a much more complicated "opt-out" approach, where Facebook makes drastic changes and leaves it up to users to somehow figure out how to change things back to the way they were (if such an option is even still possible).

"While initially opt-in, the default then seems to be expose everything," says David Vaile, executive director of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, concerning Facebook's "breathtaking and audacious grab for whole life data."

Facebook, once again, are doing things that are beyond most users' capacity to understand while reducing their privacy ... the default setting for any site should be 'reveal nothing about me unless I make a specific choice otherwise.
09/28/2011
  • Buy 3 Items for $70
  • Buy 3 Items for $50
  • Buy 3 Items for $30
  • Save 20% on Luxury Toys
  • Add Some Buzz To Your Favourite Toy & Save 60% On Kit
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
All promotions
AngelvMaynard AngelvMaynard
Quote:
Originally posted by wetone123
The "social" media empire Facebook has unveiled some new "features" on its platform in recent days that many allege are a total and compete privacy-breaching nightmare. But one hidden feature, discovered by Nik Cubrilovic, an ...
Wow! Thats kind of scary! I hate the new setup and hardly ever go there directly. I tweet and have my tweets go to FB. I do have a fanpage that I check often. I'm guessing that is monitored the same way. Yikes. I've probably got a trail of smut and such a mile long behind me! Hahahaha
09/28/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Oh fantastic. More checks in the column for switching to Google plus.
09/28/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I leave such a twisted trail of weirdness in my browser, they probably think I'm Gonzo from the Muppets.

Besides, I'd like for them to find something they can use from Space Coast Craig's List and Steampunk Workshop without violating international laws.
09/28/2011
Illumin8 Illumin8
That's a little creepy...
09/28/2011
toxie m toxie m
This is so sketchy. I just went and deleted all my cookies and history and all that. I think from now on I'm only gonna open FB in it's own little Chrome incognito window
09/28/2011
Cream in the Cupcake Cream in the Cupcake
You mean FBI-book, or Fascist-book as many like to call it. Facebook is the least of our worries. Just dont post things that could incriminate you or give away your location.
09/28/2011
dv8 dv8
I'd already been using a different browser just for Facebook. I have Facebook's buttons and scripts adblocked on my regular browser. Note that Google and Google+ have the same security issues.
09/28/2011
shySEXXaddict shySEXXaddict
Quote:
Originally posted by wetone123
The "social" media empire Facebook has unveiled some new "features" on its platform in recent days that many allege are a total and compete privacy-breaching nightmare. But one hidden feature, discovered by Nik Cubrilovic, an ...
Wow crazy..ya I dont think any of us have very much privatecy.Cameras on streets,scanned when entering important building,etc.
09/28/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
Why does Facebook have to keep getting creepier and more invasive? Seriously, just why.
09/28/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
But they can't track ya if ya use the InPrivate Browsing windows - right?

InPrivate Browsing helps prevent Internet Explorer from storing data about your browsing session. This includes cookies, temporary Internet files, history, and other data. Toolbars and extensions are disabled by default.


If it wasn't for Eden, I'd delete my facebook account cause I don't use it for anything else. I find it boring and now I'm disgusted the assholes for invading peoples lives. Surely there is a lawsuit waiting to happen there.
09/29/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Makes me glad I don't use facebook.
09/30/2011
Wildchild Wildchild
Quote:
Originally posted by wetone123
The "social" media empire Facebook has unveiled some new "features" on its platform in recent days that many allege are a total and compete privacy-breaching nightmare. But one hidden feature, discovered by Nik Cubrilovic, an ...
Thanks for the info. Thats really creepy
09/30/2011
emilia emilia
Just another reason why I will never have a facebook account
09/30/2011
Beaners Beaners
I'm on Google Plus and I love it. I do still have my Facebook though because so many of my friends are on FB. It's sad, but because of that I don't think I'll ever be able to completely rid myself of FB. They're in a position where they could really do anything to breach our privacy and people will just smile and nod and go "okay." the fact that we're all here complaining about the privacy issues, but yet for the most part still have Facebook speaks to that.
09/30/2011
ss143 ss143
Okay I tend to be overly cautions and a tad paranoid regarding my privacy and this just creeps me out. I do not like the new changes facebook is making
09/30/2011
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I don't like the changes and it is horrible they're invading peoples privacy.
09/30/2011
married with children married with children
I hate facebook as much now as I did in the beginning. Only now I cant figure our haw to get around the site. That is why I am hardly ever on.
10/01/2011
indiglo indiglo
Quote:
Originally posted by Errant Venture
Makes me glad I don't use facebook.
Same here!
10/01/2011
Total posts: 19
Unique posters: 19