Facebook updates with post on logged-out data collection

Posted April 21, 2018

Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, "severely contradicted critical factual positions" that the company took to win dismissal last May of the $3 billion lawsuit by victims and relatives of American victims of Hamas attacks, according to a filing with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in NY.

Facebook has faced public outcry and intense political scrutiny since it was disclosed that the personal information of several millions of users was harvested by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. To make login processes simpler, some websites allow users to log in to their platform using their Facebook credentials.

In return for that information, Facebook helps those websites serve up relevant ads or receive analytics that help them understand how people use their services.

Trouble is, non-users haven't given their consent to have his personal data collected, and what's worse, don't have any recourse to access this data without registering.

Facebook still tracks you even if you're logged out of the social network.

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Over the last couple of weeks, Facebook has been trying to fix its image and has been doing this by offering a number of explanations on how it collects and uses data.

"Whether it's information from apps and websites, or information you share with other people on Facebook, we want to put you in control - and be transparent about what information Facebook has and how it is used", Baser wrote in conclusion. Facebook Social Plugins such as Like and Share buttons are used by third-party apps and websites to make the site appear more social and also help share the website's content on the Facebook.

During Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional testimony last week, the Facebook CEO said that the company collects data of people who have not signed up for the site "for security purposes". Google has a popular analytics service.

Baser said ad preferences can also be set to prevent specific advertisers from showing ads on Facebook.

Baser's full blog post can be viewed here.

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When you visit a website, the browser you use sends a request to the site's server.

Facebook sent notices alerting users of its new face recognition uses and said it provides a page where they can turn the feature off. This is likely going to cause some tension when Europe's GDPR kicks in, as the regulation requires data-portability for all citizens, not just Facebook users. This, Facebook says its what it uses to make targeted ads or make its content better.

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Baser clarified that the data received from other websites and apps also helped Facebook improve the content and ads shown on the social networking site.

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