Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Facebook updates with post on logged-out data collection

Facebook updates with post on logged-out data collection

The company has now tried to clarify on questions how it collects data even when people are actually logged out of the website or the app. Titled "Hard Questions: What Data Does Facebook Collect When I'm Not Using Facebook, and Why?", the blog post talks of how Facebook and its partners collect your data even when you're not using the Facebook at that point of time. So when a website uses one of our services, your browser sends the same kinds of information to Facebook as the website receives.

He adds that using this data doesn't just help internet users receive information they're interested in, it also helps Facebook to keep its site safe from potentially harmful users. He was being questioned about privacy concerns brought about by the recent investigation of the organization Cambridge Analytica, which has been accused of using data sets that broke Facebook's terms of service. The executive wrote: "These companies-and many others-also offer advertising services".

"Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to help people share things on their services".

Another person who spoke on the matter was blockchain technology consultant Jill Carlson, who attended meetings where Cambridge Analytica pitched its services to digital currency startups. "And Amazon, Google and Twitter all offer login features", Facebook said. The post further lists the services that are used by these third party apps and websites. He didn't mention whether those other apps included Facebook's own Messenger, as well as Instagram and WhatsApp, which are also both owned by Facebook. Dean Heller (R-NV), all Zuckerberg could say was that Facebook tries "to move as quickly as possible".

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"We've been looking into how to make Bookmarks easier to navigate and more relevant for people for some time", a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Menlo Park, California-based Facebook has also been criticised for its role in Russia's alleged influence over the 2016 United States presidential election.

When it comes to legislating the use of data, Therrien acknowledged it's important to find a balance between enhancing the rules of consent around the collection of personal information and considering areas, such as health care, where gathering information is a benefit for society. Other information comes from "cookies", small files stored via a browser and used by Facebook and others to track people on the internet, sometimes to target them with ads. If you don't want others having access to those details, then you should make sure you review your Apps settings and make the appropriate changes.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed to revamp Facebook and had said the company would ensure that its platform is not misused to influence elections in India and elsewhere. Information of over 80 million Facebook users was allegedly harvested by data analytics and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, leading to a global backlash against the company.

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