Facebook Admits It Collects User Data Even From Non-Users

Facebook Admits It Collects User Data Even From Non-Users

Facebook Admits It Collects User Data Even From Non-Users

In an update provided on its site, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is filling in some of the blanks left by CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony last week about what data the company collects when users aren't actively using Facebook.

In its blogpost, the company said it believes that "once a story is rated as false, we have been able to reduce its distribution by 80 per cent, and thereby, improve accuracy of information on Facebook and reduce misinformation". Baser said when you use those websites or apps, Facebook collects data to show relevant ads, make other sites more social and "help" them "better understand how people use their services".

When non-Facebook sites add a "Like" button (a social plugin, in Baser's terminology), visitors to those sites are tracked: Facebook gets their IP address, browser and OS fingerprint, and visited site. It also shares Cookies with websites.

"We will review all legitimate reports and respond as quickly as possible when we identify a credible threat to people's information", Collin Greene, head of Product Security, Facebook.

As Facebook, other social media sites and users themselves put greater value in trusted sources, musicians and labels that communicate in a straightforward and honest manner will be front an center once again, replacing the trolls, bots, and spammers that users and the social channels themselves are done with.

It's hard to get out of Facebook's reach and a blog post by Facebook's product management director David Baser reiterates this in many ways.

"Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to help people share things on their services".

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Google has its own Analytics service. In its proxy, Facebook says it does "not consider Mr. Zuckerberg's overall security to be a perquisite for his benefit", but now discloses the costs as "all other" compensation in the company's proxy. The executive wrote: "These companies-and many others-also offer advertising services".

"I don't want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but by God I will", Senator John Kennedy (R), from Louisiana, said in the hearing Wednesday. To make login processes simpler, some websites allow users to log in to their platform using their Facebook credentials.

While a series of actions by European judges and regulators are trying to curb some of the powerful targeting mechanisms that Facebook employs, federal officials in the United States have done little to constrain them - to the consternation of American privacy advocates who say Facebook continues to test the boundaries of what is permissible.

Facebook has not always provided as much information as it does now.

"A website typically sends two things back to your browser: first, content from that site; and second, instructions for the browser to send your request to the other companies providing content or services on the site".

Facebook also revised the social login rules for third party apps, last week.

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