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October 14, 2011

This is related to browser uniqueness. See How Unique – and Trackable – Is Your Browser? and Network Device Fingerprinting for the background on how this works.

Again, Facebook widgets must be blocked from loading by default, unless, of course, you’re ok with this nonsense.

Ghostery is the easiest solution. AdBlock+ and NoScript will also work. The article below mentions other tools as well.

Via: Reader Supported News:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation cites a September 25th, 2011 blog post by hacker and writer Nik Cubrilovic that proved Facebook’s session cookie was not being deleted upon log-out. Facebook responded with a “fix-it,” but it raises serious concerns about whether one can effectively log-out of Facebook and whether or not Facebook can track users without the benefit of cookies.

According to Cubrilovic, he waited for a year to hear from Facebook on this privacy issue that he discovered, emailing them and reaching multiple dead-ends.

Two days later, on September 27th, Cubrilovic noted, “In summary, Facebook has made changes to the logout process and they have explained each part of the process and the cookies that the site uses in detail … They want to retain the ability to track browsers after logout for safety and spam purposes, and they want to be able to log page requests for performance reasons etc.”

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EFF, however, is unequivocal in stating, “Facebook can track web browsing history without cookies.”

“Facebook is able to collect data about your browser – including your IP address and a range of facts about your browser – without ever installing a cookie. They can use this data to build a record of every time you load a page with embedded Facebook content,” added the EFF.

 

This article was posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 at 3:19 am





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