Facebook is watching you, even when you log out
Posted by Kenya Reporter
Social network site Facebook has admitted that it monitors every single web page you visit, even when you have logged out.
In its latest privacy blunder, the social networking site was forced to confirm that it constantly tracks its 750million users, even when they are using other sites.
I know you think that Facebook stops monitoring you after you sign out, but technology bloggers have discovered this is not the case.
The website’s practices were exposed by Australian technology blogger Nik Cubrilovic and have provoked a furious response across the internet.
Cubrilovic found that when you sign up to Facebook it automatically puts files known as ‘cookies’ on your computer which monitor your browsing history.
Data is regularly sent back to the FB servers which Facebook uses to sale to advertisers earning billions of shillings. Advertisers can use your surfing habits to know your likes for example if you surf for children clothes you get children shops advertising in you site.
Facebook watch you by leaving some cookies on your computer after you log out, and report back when you visit a site connected to Facebook. This covers millions of websites and refers to anything with a Facebook ‘like’ or ‘recommend’ button on it.
The data that is sent back is the IP address, (an IP address is a unique identifier of your computer) and a log of what you have been viewing.
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.
The admission is the latest in a series of privacy blunders from Facebook, the site keep on changing privacy settings without any warning to users.
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.