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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2042573/Facebook-privacy-issues-Social-network-watching-youre-logged-out.html

Facebook has admitted that it has been watching the web pages its members visit – even when they have logged out.

In its latest privacy blunder, the social networking site was forced to confirm that it has been constantly tracking its 750 million users, even when they are using other sites. The social networking giant says the huge privacy breach was simply a mistake - that software automatically downloaded to users' computers when they logged in to Facebook 'inadvertently' sent information to the company, whether or not they were logged in at the time. 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. Facebook claims to have 'fixed' the issue - and 'thanked' Mr Cubrilovic for pointing it out - while simultaneously claiming that it wasn't really an issue in the first place.

Mr Cubrilovic found that when you sign up to Facebook it automatically puts files known as ‘cookies’ on your computer which monitor your browsing history. This is still the case. But Facebook claims the cookies no longer send information while you are logged out of its site. If you are logged in to Facebook, the cookies will still send the information, and they remain on your computer unless you manually delete them. They send Facebook your IP address - the 'unique identifier' address of your PC - and information on whether you have visited millions of websites: anything with a Facebook ‘like’ or ‘recommend’ button on it.

'We place cookies on the computer of the user,' said a Facebook spokesperson - and admitted that some Facebook cookies send back the address of users' PCs and sites they had visited, even while logged out. 'Three of these cookies inadvertently included unique identifiers when the user had logged out of Facebook. We did not store these for logged out users. We could not have used this information.'

However, the site spokesperson said that the 'potential issue' had now been 'fixed' so that the cookies will no longer broadcast information: 'We fixed the cookies so they won't include unique information in the future when people log out.' 'It's just the latest privacy issue to affect a company that has a long history of blunders relating to user's private information.

Mr Cubrilovic wrote: ‘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 (web) browser for Facebook interactions. ‘This is not what "logout" is supposed to mean’.

The admission is the latest in a series of privacy blunders from Facebook, which has a record of only correcting such matters when they are brought to light by other people. Earlier this year it stopped gathering browser data from users who had never even been to Facebook.com after it was exposed by a Dutch researcher. The site was forced into a partial climbdown over changes to privacy settings which many claimed made too much public. It also came under attack for launching a ‘stalker button’ which allowed users to track another person’s every move in a list which was constantly being updated.
 

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Once again I'm glad I never signed up. Admittedly this story is from the Mail which just loves to write scare stories rather than practise responsible journalism but there's probably still some truth to it.
 

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Why are people complaining to Facebook? Your ISP's watch everything you visit anyway, I used to work in traffic management at Virgin Media and what we could see is far worse than any of the stuff Facebook can pull off. All Facebook cookies do is check what websites you visit and then the Facebook ads can then replicate that in hope of making you click on them.

People act as if this stuff doesn't happen already.
 

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I closed mine months ago, albeit due to the fact that a bunch of people I went to school with that I never cared for started adding me and every time I logged on they were sharing their problems like it was a fucking confessional, eventually I got sick of them and Facebook and got rid of it.

Social networking blows, the only one worth a damn is twitter and that's only to keep up with what's going on and contact your favorite athletes, etc.
 

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The government has control over the internet so its not as if they dont know what people are going on ever second of the day. It's sad that there's so little freedom nowadays.
 

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I'm not using any social media sites (beside wrestling forum which I don't count in this context) and it's one of the best decisions I ever made.

Yes, it sucks that I can't use youtube and lots and lots of other sites/programs the way I used to, but to me that's totally worth it.
 

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oh no, I am so shocked that a site that takes credit card info is actually keeping track of me like google, yahoo, and every other major web site

they are talking away freedoms I am completely not guaranteed because i don't read the TOS

i shall do some completely irrelevant protest

oh the humanity
 

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Yeah i pretty much assume i can be watched by anyone. But then A) I have nothing to hide and B) I dont think anyone cares enough to monitor every single person in the world

quite frankly, i doubt the pages i visit are that interesting
 

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I'm not using any social media sites (beside wrestling forum which I don't count in this context) and it's one of the best decisions I ever made.

Yes, it sucks that I can't use youtube and lots and lots of other sites/programs the way I used to, but to me that's totally worth it.
what does it gain you
 

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I really don't worry too much about internet privacy because I've realized that if someone is that bound and determined to find something out about you, they probably can. I mean sure I watch what I post and all that but I don't stay up at night worrying about if Facebook or Google is watching what I search for.
 

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Oh no, now Facebook knows what porn site I like to use. Now they know I like cheating housewives, naughty stepmoms, slutty teachers, and Indian bitches. The fuck am I gonna do now.

Actually kinda turned myself on there brb 20 minutes.
 
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