Facebook Tracks You Even After Logging Out

fbtimelinemain-420x0 Sometimes you’re being followed when you think you’re alone. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

An Australian technologist has caused a global stir after discovering Facebook tracks the websites its users visit even when they are logged out of the social networking site.

In alarming new revelations, Wollongong-based Nik Cubrilovic conducted tests, which revealed that when you log out of Facebook, rather than deleting its tracking cookies, the site merely modifies them, maintaining account information and other unique tokens that can be used to identify you.

Whenever you visit a web page that contains a Facebook button or widget, your browser is still sending details of your movements back to Facebook, Cubrilovic says.

“Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit,” Cubrilovic wrote in a blog post.

He backed up his claims with detailed technical information. His post was picked up by technology news sites around the world but Facebook has yet to provide a response to Fairfax Media and others.

Stephen Collins, spokesman for the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, said he did not believe Cubrilovic’s revelations would see people turn away from the site in droves but he hoped users became more engaged with the issue.

36 Comments on "Facebook Tracks You Even After Logging Out"

  1. well…if the shit hits the fan, we all know who Mark Zuckerberg is.

  2. well…if the shit hits the fan, we all know who Mark Zuckerberg is.

    • Yep, he’s the guy who stole the idea from the twins, and screwed them out of millions. Talk about gratitude. Evil mofo. 

  3. Bomb the intertoobz!

  4. Anarchy Pony | Sep 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |

    Bomb the intertoobz!

  5. John Smith | Sep 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm |

    Whatever the hell happened to Diaspora?! If people are going to abandon Failbook for Google+, don’t think that they – another gargantuan corporation – will be any better.

  6. John Smith | Sep 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm |

    Whatever the hell happened to Diaspora?! If people are going to abandon Failbook for Google+, don’t think that they – another gargantuan corporation – will be any better.

    • It's me... Dan | Sep 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm |

      I just received an update email from Diaspora.  Here’s an excerpt: 

      “Dear Friend of Diaspora* – Thanks again for your interest in joining the Diaspora* community, and for your patience. We’re working on getting your invite out to you as quickly as possible, and we’re still committed to getting it to you by the end of October. We’re pushing out hundreds of thousands of invitations as quickly as we can — thanks for bearing with us.”

      • postpunkprometheus | Sep 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm |

        As long as Diaspora is taking to get it together they’ve made themselves an irrelevant option

  7. 90milesnorth | Sep 27, 2011 at 7:29 pm |

    not to take away from the importance of this topic, but a lot (and I mean a lot) of websites drop cookies on your machine that travel with you around the Internet. it’s all about targeting you with “relevant advertising.” Set your browser to clear your cookies at the end of each session.

    On a similar note, there is a new social network out there with none of the baggage of FB, G+, etc. It’s called Anybeat.com (invite URL – http://www.anybeat.com/i/4e7a3279b1a44f7454000119)

  8. 90milesnorth | Sep 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |

    not to take away from the importance of this topic, but a lot (and I mean a lot) of websites drop cookies on your machine that travel with you around the Internet. it’s all about targeting you with “relevant advertising.” Set your browser to clear your cookies at the end of each session.

    On a similar note, there is a new social network out there with none of the baggage of FB, G+, etc. It’s called Anybeat.com (invite URL – http://www.anybeat.com/i/4e7a3279b1a44f7454000119)

  9. 90milesnorth | Sep 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm |

    that link should be http://www.anybeat.com/i/4e7a3279b1a44f7454000119

  10. It's me... Dan | Sep 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm |

    I just received an update email from Diaspora.  Here’s an excerpt: 

    “Dear Friend of Diaspora* – Thanks again for your interest in joining the Diaspora* community, and for your patience. We’re working on getting your invite out to you as quickly as possible, and we’re still committed to getting it to you by the end of October. We’re pushing out hundreds of thousands of invitations as quickly as we can — thanks for bearing with us.”

  11. the only thing i would let facebook track me on is how much i enjoy google+, then rinse and repeat as google ain’t better in terms of privacy

  12. the only thing i would let facebook track me on is how much i enjoy google+, then rinse and repeat as google ain’t better in terms of privacy

  13. Ah….. but their IS a way around that my friends!! 1st, clear all you cookies from the browser you are using, Install a NEW browser (Opera is an excellent choice) Run Facebook ONLY from that browser. Do NO other surfing while using that browser. Just Facebook. Use your other for all your regular surfing. Problem solved!!
     

  14. Ah….. but their IS a way around that my friends!! 1st, clear all you cookies from the browser you are using, Install a NEW browser (Opera is an excellent choice) Run Facebook ONLY from that browser. Do NO other surfing while using that browser. Just Facebook. Use your other for all your regular surfing. Problem solved!!
     

  15. Anonymous | Sep 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm |

    Move to Diaspora! It is online NOW!

  16. BrianApocalypse | Sep 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm |

    Move to Diaspora! It is online NOW!

  17. Zark Fuckerberg addressed these concerns a few days ago. Facebook does NOT track you after logging out.

    http://venturebeat.com/2011/09/26/facebook-cookie-tracking/

  18. Zark Fuckerberg addressed these concerns a few days ago. Facebook does NOT track you after logging out.

    http://venturebeat.com/2011/09/26/facebook-cookie-tracking/

    • Since Fuckerberg says that FB does not track us after logging out, it MUST be true. 😉

  19. Anonymous | Sep 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm |

    No.

  20. I clicked a “Like” button *one* time, and now every evening Facebook watches me in the shower and masturbates. 

  21. I clicked a “Like” button *one* time, and now every evening Facebook watches me in the shower and masturbates. 

  22. Since Fuckerberg says that FB does not track us after logging out, it MUST be true. 😉

  23. Anonymous | Sep 28, 2011 at 11:36 am |

    Yep, he’s the guy who stole the idea from the twins, and screwed them out of millions. Talk about gratitude. Evil mofo. 

  24. As long as Diaspora is taking to get it together they’ve made themselves an irrelevant option

  25. Anonymous | Sep 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm |

    If this is in fact true, I would really appreciate it if disinfo admin removed the multiple Facebook plugins (such as the one at the top of this page, and the Like button in the bottom right corner) from the website. Dontchya guys think?

  26. If this is in fact true, I would really appreciate it if disinfo admin removed the multiple Facebook plugins (such as the one at the top of this page, and the Like button in the bottom right corner) from the website. Dontchya guys think?

  27. Anonymous | Sep 30, 2011 at 12:16 am |

    Evil mofo=brilliant capitalist.

  28. More subterfuge since his friendship with Cameron.

  29. Glen Shaky Shakespeare | Oct 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm |

    More subterfuge since his friendship with Cameron.

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