Facebook tracks user | Secret Revealed
Facebook has revealed details about how it tracks users across the web.
Through interviews with Facebook engineering director Arturo Bejar, Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes, Facebook corporate spokesman Barry Schnitt and Facebook engineering manager Gregg Stefancik, USA Today‘s Byron Acohido was able to Reveal, how Facebook keeps track of its 800 million users
Facebook tracks user even outside facebook.com, This is how?:
- Not every body is tracked by Facebook the same way.It uses Different method for Signed-in memebers, signed out Members and Non-Members.
- Facebook inserts cookies in your browser, when you visit Facebook.com for the First time. If you sign up for an account, it inserts two types of cookies. If you don’t set up an account, it only inserts one of the two types.
- These Cookies record Information whenever you visit a Webpage with a Facebook Plug-in like ” like ” button.It also records the date,Time and other many credentials to identify your computer.
- Facebook keeps logs that record your past 90 days of activity. It deletes entries older than 90 days.
- If you are logged into a Facebook account, your name, email address, friends and all of the other data in your Facebook profile is also recorded.
- Data about web searches and pages visited, time spent on them and others such info can be used to identify the user’s awareness, Interest and likes about politics, health and other things. According to USA Today, this type of correlation doesn’t seem to be happening on a wide scale, but the concern of some privacy advocates is that selling data could become a tempting business proposition — both to social networks like Facebook and online advertising players such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo that similarly employ cookie tracking techniques.
- Facebook told USA Todaythat it uses data collected via cookies to help improve security and its plugins and that it has no plans to change how it uses this data. It has, however, applied for a patent on a technology that includes a method that correlates ads and tracking data.“We patent lots of things, and future products should not be inferred from our patent application,” Facebook corporate spokesman Barry Schnitt told USA Today.While a recent pollfound that about 70% of Facebook users and 52% of Google users were either somewhat or very concerned about their privacy, some argue that online commerce would suffer without online tracking.Does online tracking by companies such as Facebook make you uncomfortable? Or do you consider it an acceptable and inevitable part of being online? Let us know in the comments.