Facebook had to face a lot criticism that it was taking user data even when they had logged out of Facebook. The revelation was made by Australian technology researchers Nik Cubrilovic in his blog,
“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 browser for Facebook interactions.”
The problem was with the “Like” button which was sending out information even when logged out.
The Wall Street Journal also covered the story:
Facebook acknowledges that it gets that data but says it deletes it right away. The company says the data is sent because of the way the “Like” button system is set up; any cookies that are associated with Facebook.com will automatically get sent when you view a “Like” button.
“The onus is on us is to take all the data and scrub it,” said Arturo Bejar, a Facebook director of engineering. “What really matters is what we say as a company and back it up.”
In a statement, a Facebook spokesman said “no information we receive when you see a social plugin is used to target ads.”
According to Smarthouse who got in touch with Cubrilovic, Facebook aims to fix the cookies problem within 24 hours.
Hopefully they will be able to put users to rest who obviously do not want their information to misused.
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