Facebook’s Tracking Of Non-Users Sparks Broader Privacy Concerns Zuckerberg said that, for security reasons, the company collects “data of people who have not signed up for Facebook.”

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  1. RedRobertson

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    Oh but don’t worry, because Zuckerborg has also assured us that all the data failbook collects is offered intentionally and can be removed whenever the user decides!

    So nothing to worry about.

    You just have to log into the account you never created and delete the data you never submitted. Problem solved!

  2. CakeSpirit

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    I honestly wouldn’t mind if companies were more open as to what data they collect, how they use it and which third parties have access to this data.

  3. LinkUnseen

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    They use the word **security**, but it seems they are using the form of **secure** that means “to capture” and nothing to do with “to protect.” It’s the sort of innocuous word play that people tend to glaze over without a second thought.

    They are in the business of data collection.

  4. Hmm, I remember reading about this, like, 7 years ago. It’s weird how the privacy alarmists never seem to get credit for being right over and over and over again. It’s fashionable to care for now, now that the elite class is looking for ways to signal that Trump’s victory was rigged, but most people will go back to not caring in a month. I mean, they’re right to be angry, but to most it’s a phoney anger.

  5. apotheosys

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    Use a script blocker on your browser and give permission to only the sites you want. You wouldn’t believe how many scripts are running in the background when you visit most sites.

  6. freethep

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    Ever allow an app to access your contacts? Most likely, yes you have. It’s extremely common for a tech product with a growth team to implement some sort of strategy around retargetting not yet active accounts.

  7. Mallion1

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    If I haven’t signed up, how have I agreed to their terms of service? By then collecting data on unwilling people Facebook is in complete violation of personal privacy & should be shut down immediately.

  8. So does Twitter. And Google. And LinkedIn. And Reddit. And literally every social service that has it’s share buttons on every site you see.

    Heck, the site this article links to is complicit in enabling this.

  9. Stjerneklar

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    holy shit guys facebook uses cookies! those evil monsters.

    i guess i should be happy that people are learning about fundamental internet shit but its hilarious how the headlines and articles are structured as constant hit pices on facebook while describing extremely common behavior.

  10. caspy7

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    For years Facebook has been creating “shadow profiles” of people. It’s likely almost everyone in the US (and the Westernized world where FB is popular) has such a profile.

    The mobile app uploads your phone’s address book to Facebook. They then do the same with others and cross-reference all the contacts. Even if your grandma has never heard of Facebook they probably have an up to date profile on her – and they know who is connected to whom. They can use this information, paired with what they know through their site as well, to map out connections.

  11. JC_Hysteria

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    Any page you go on that has a “Share to Facebook” button is sending some type of data to Facebook.

    It’s not personally identifiable, and it’s just like any other site/platform.

    I work in the industry and I’m glad we’re having this conversation, but it’s headlines like this that attempt to creep people out further than they need to be.

  12. sonrad10

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    If they haven’t signed up, that means they haven’t agreed to the terms and conditions. Are they even allowed to harvest data if they haven’t agreed?

  13. Pascalwb

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    Again reposted one sentence and made fucking article out of it. This could also just mean that they track who signs in from where, same as you internet banking. They check if it’s probably signing up or maybe somebody else.

    Did anybody actually prove something malicious?

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