Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



181 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 4


Topic # 91022 5-Oct-2011 09:28 Send private message

Link: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5732437/Australian-exposes-Facebook-tracking


This doesn't really surprise me too much, something like this was bound to happen sooner or later. Seeing as facebook has too much control over peoples lives as it is.

Create new topic
7756 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 318

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 529527 5-Oct-2011 12:40 Send private message

Using a persistent cookie and a http request back to your site on 3rd party sites for tracking has been around forever.

Good addon to prevent it:

http://disconnect.me
/

Completely retarded they are trying to patent something so obvious.



181 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 529532 5-Oct-2011 12:46 Send private message

Don't think the few 100 million people would think of that.

7372 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 408


  Reply # 529567 5-Oct-2011 13:29 Send private message

Cloudmelon: Link:?http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5732437/Australian-exposes-Facebook-tracking


This doesn't really?surprise?me too much, something like this was bound to happen sooner or later. Seeing as facebook has too much control over peoples lives as it is.


Of course they do these things. When you get something like facebook for free, you aren't their customer, you are part of their product that they are selling to their advertisers. That is why I don't use facebook.

7756 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 318

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 529573 5-Oct-2011 13:34 Send private message

Lots of embedded online advertising code tracks what you do on sites it's displayed on (not just if you click on their ad) this is nothing new.

It's just the scale of Google and Facebook that make it scary.. and the potential for it to be used by Facebook or Google+ in a timeline or news stream at some point without your express approval.

They are gathering lots of data they aren't currently using but imagine a new section on your profile page, eg:

Pages Ragnor visited Today:

Ragnor spent 1 hour on Geekzone.co.nz
Ragnor sent 2 hours on GiantDongs.com

Consider if Facebook added such a section to your public profile page, enabled for public access by default.

Given their privacy track record.... 

7372 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 408


  Reply # 529585 5-Oct-2011 13:54 Send private message

Then if empoyers got hold of that info too, it could be bad. Employers do look at peoples online footprints when hiring. I am surprised that so many people put so much of their personal information on the net.

Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

How good is your general Science Knowledge?
Created by Aredwood, last reply by gzt on 31-Oct-2014 21:26 (32 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Government Limos
Created by networkn, last reply by Bung on 31-Oct-2014 12:39 (94 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


Snap refuses to replace faulty gear
Created by Brendan, last reply by MadEngineer on 28-Oct-2014 19:07 (92 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


Sky will be 'upgrading software' of My Sky to connect to internet. What does that mean?
Created by Geektastic, last reply by hio77 on 31-Oct-2014 19:14 (23 replies)
Pages... 2


Shutup and take my money (via NFC on my mobile phone)
Created by sxz, last reply by afe66 on 31-Oct-2014 19:19 (22 replies)
Pages... 2


Speed limit when overtaking? Teach me please.
Created by nakedmolerat, last reply by joker97 on 28-Oct-2014 17:13 (123 replies)
Pages... 7 8 9


OneDrive code giveaway - go!
Created by freitasm, last reply by gsr on 31-Oct-2014 21:19 (18 replies)
Pages... 2


Uber: a cheaper taxi ride?
Created by kingdragonfly, last reply by livisun on 31-Oct-2014 14:47 (34 replies)
Pages... 2 3



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.