Yes, Facebook collects data even when you are logged out


Concern about Facebook Inc's (FB.O) respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world's largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing regarding the company's use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, April 11, 2018.

"This is because other apps and sites don't know who is using Facebook", Baser wrote. As per Baser, 'It is because the other apps and websites don't know who is using Facebook'. He says that companies like Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn also have Facebook-like Like and Share buttons to help user share things on website.

"This kind of data collection is fundamental to how the internet works", Facebook said in a statement to Reuters.

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Facebook says it uses this data to enhance its own products and services, improve safety and security on the social network and to continue providing its services to third-party websites and apps. Amazon, Google and Twitter all have login features. Finally, Facebook ads and measurement tools facilitate websites and apps with advertisements.

Facebook also committed to making it easier for users to access the data shared with the platform by downloading a secure copy and moving it to another service.

Baser's post notably calls out other companies that it says do similar things. Information on browser and operating system is relayed back to the developers to keep them updated about the platform from where it is getting more traction.

According to Baser, all websites and applications that use its tools have to get user permission to share personal user information.

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Facebook claims that many websites and apps use its services to make its content and ads more "engaging". The post further lists the services that are used by these third party apps and websites.

Baser also admits that Facebook collects other crucial details also such as your system's IP address, the software that your computer uses, the type of browser you use to access the internet, and more.

Facebook is calling it the Data Abuse Bounty. "Or if a browser has visited hundreds of sites in the last five minutes, that's a sign the device might be a bot". In the aftermath of President Trump's election, many speculated whether Zuckerberg's carefully orchestrated road trip, which included photo-ops with farmers in Wisconsin, firemen in IN, and college football coach Nick Saban in Alabama, was part of grander political ambitions or a way to make amends after a tough year for Facebook's image.

A survey of 3,000 people by USA think-tank the Ponemon Institute, reported by The Financial Times, showed that users are significantly more sceptical that Facebook will handle their personal information with care than they were past year.

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