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Facebook Is Tracking Everyone

Facebook has been at the center of many privacy debates over the years – and it seems now they’re the focus of yet another. According to a report conducted by the Belgian Privacy Commission Facebook installs digital tracking cookies whenever a user visits any page on the facebook.com domain – such as fan pages, public photos and videos, and public user profiles. It doesn’t matter if you have a Facebook account, or even if you’re logged into it – this digital cookie will be installed regardless.

Now there’s a few important things to note here. The report is still a draft, and Facebook hasn’t agreed with this report. Facebook stated the following in regards to their use of a tracking cookie:

The purpose of the data cookie is to identify the web browser being used to connect to Facebook independently of the logged in user. This cookie plays a key role in Facebook’s security and site integrity features.

However if it turns out that Facebook is actually tracking everyone – this is a huge violation of the EU privacy laws and there’s already a fair share of EU members who have expressed their outrage at this news. I’ll do my best to keep you posted about this as more information develops.

About Michael Boguslavskiy

Michael Boguslavskiy is a full-stack developer & online presence consultant based out of New York City. He's been offering freelance marketing & development services for over a decade. He currently manages Rapid Purple - and online webmaster resources center; and Media Explode - a full service marketing agency.

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