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.

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  • Dueyv9

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

    • BikerLad

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

      • Anarchy Pony

        Evil mofo=brilliant capitalist.

  • Dueyv9

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

  • Anarchy Pony

    Bomb the intertoobz!

  • Wanooski

    Bomb the intertoobz!

  • John Smith

    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

      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

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

  • John Smith

    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.

  • 90milesnorth

    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)

  • 90milesnorth

    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)

    • 90milesnorth

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

      • Redacted

        No.

  • 90milesnorth

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

  • It’s me… Dan

    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.”

  • Okarin

    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

  • Okarin

    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

  • ajr65

    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!!
     

  • ajr65

    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!!
     

  • BrianApocalypse

    Move to Diaspora! It is online NOW!

  • Anonymous

    Move to Diaspora! It is online NOW!

  • Noen

    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/

    • Richard

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

  • Noen

    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/

  • Anonymous

    No.

  • Haystack

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

  • Haystack

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

  • Richard

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • http://madmonq.wordpress.com madmonq

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

  • Anonymous

    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?

  • hdcase

    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?

  • Anonymous

    Evil mofo=brilliant capitalist.

  • Glen Shaky Shakespeare

    More subterfuge since his friendship with Cameron.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Glen-Shaky-Shakespeare/100000390586766 Glen Shaky Shakespeare

    More subterfuge since his friendship with Cameron.

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