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Facebook's 'Like This' Button Is Tracking You

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the of-course-they-are dept.

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Stoobalou submitted a story about some of the most obvious research I've seen in a while ... "A researcher from a Dutch university is warning that Facebook's 'Like This' button is watching your every move. Arnold Roosendaal, who is a doctoral candidate at the Tilburg University for Law, Technology and Society, warns that Facebook is tracking and tracing everyone, whether they use the social networking site or not. Roosendaal says that Facebook's tentacles reach way beyond the confines of its own web sites and subscriber base because more and more third party sites are using the 'Like This' button and Facebook Connect."

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No surprises here (5, Insightful)

korkwin (1648679) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391414)

This is nothing new. We've all known this.

Re:No surprises here (1)

MorderVonAllem (931645) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391458)

Sounds like any ad service like double click or whatever or analytic services.

Re:No surprises here (3, Insightful)

sarysa (1089739) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392020)

Some people seem to have the delusion that companies actually care about who you are and why you're clicking this and that, but they only care about your statistics. They want to know that single white 27 year old female likes Lady GaGa, not that Janet Doe likes Lady GaGa...

Re:No surprises here (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392086)

"...double click or whatever or analytic services" - Agreed. Why on EARTH do people run their scripts, anyway? I've never understood that. What do you get out of it? The web works fine for me without all that crap.

Re:No surprises here (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391504)

Yep. I've been aware of this long before Facebook even added that feature. After all, this is the reason that most email programs/sites don't display images by default because spammers use it to verify/track email addresses.

The stupid thing is that the websites just give Facebook the free space without getting anything in return. FaceBook has a free ad on every single page that sites display the Like button on, and all the site gets is the chance that the user will add it to their list of liked things, and maybe--if the stars align--their addition will be reflected in someone else's feed and make it go viral.

I'm tired of Facebook, but there really is no good alternative.

Re:No surprises here (3, Funny)

krazytekn0 (1069802) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391600)

I'm tired of Facebook, but there really is no good alternative.

There is being social in person...but that's a little strange for us I admit

Simple Solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391696)

Create you own website and use email.

Re:No surprises here (1)

JackieBrown (987087) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392004)

The stupid thing is that the websites just give Facebook the free space without getting anything in return. FaceBook has a free ad on every single page that sites display the Like button on, and all the site gets is the chance that the user will add it to their list of liked things, and maybe--if the stars align--their addition will be reflected in someone else's feed and make it go viral.

This is mutual advertising. I understand why sites add the like and share this buttons.

I know people see the stuff I mark liked because I have lost "friends" over it :)

Re:No surprises here (1)

gorzek (647352) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392220)

Yeah, that's what I use it for: advertising. Not to make money from it, either, but rather just to get the word out.

If someone is not a Facebook member I wonder exactly what they're so worried about, though. As mentioned, Google and DoubleClick and other analytic services do the same thing with your anonymized data, and in return you get statistics about the people visiting your site. That's what companies who base their revenues on advertising do. They all want to track you and aggregate your data so they can target ads more effectively. If someone doesn't like that, I would suggest disabling all cookies and JavaScript as well as using a proxy, just to be safe.

Re:No surprises here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392156)

yep,, facebook (or more correctly, website using it) is ruining the web.

Of course, cnn now reads tweets as part of their news. And what was once CourtTV is now youtbue videos with commentary from tonya harding and frank stallone.

fuck it, where's the "do not like" button?

Re:No surprises here (4, Interesting)

rwa2 (4391) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392232)

Meh, facebook is just connective tissue; grey matter. I don't really use it all that differently from twitter... actually most of my FB posts come from twitter.

The real content gets posted to Slashdot, LiveJournal, Blogspot, Flickr, Picasa, Youtube, etc., sometimes even Buzz. Twitter / FB are just open / closed syndication engines for that content, sort of like a consolidated form of RSS with some extra integration features.

Relevant to the actual subject, StumbleUpon has always provided a much better "Like" button... since it includes a "don't like" button and actually does something useful with the information you provide by giving you more random links that you would probably like based on what you have in common with the other people who liked that link.

Strangely, I have no desire to share this StumbleUpon "like" information with the rest of my IRL friends on FB / twitter, partly because our pr0n tastes can be quite different, but in general I just don't care to share links as a feed. If there's an article someone should read, I send them a directed email. If I find something funny, I might go so far as to post it to our IRC channel.

Come to think of it, I think FB / Twitter might just be some sort of gap filler for people who don't lurk on IRC.

Re:No surprises here (0, Flamebait)

croddy (659025) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391698)

tags: duh noshit noshitsherlock

Re:No surprises here (1)

dc29A (636871) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391922)

Why is parent flamebait? If a service is free, then you are the product.

Re:No surprises here (1)

cupantae (1304123) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391792)

Exactly. Can we get a !news tag on this?

Re:No surprises here (3, Funny)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391798)

*CaptainPatent likes this*

Re:No surprises here (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392044)

Anonymous Coward likes this.

duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391418)

duh.

Naw, really? (5, Insightful)

drunkennewfiemidget (712572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391426)

I'm not a doctoral candidate, and I could have told you that.

Facebook's primary objective is data collection and selling it to marketers. It's kind of what they do.

Re:Naw, really? (1)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391628)

maybe the writer is going for a PHD in fear mongering.

Re:Naw, really? (1)

cupantae (1304123) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391830)

...or in the bleeding obvious that has already been told to everyone that didn't work it out.

Wait so... (5, Funny)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391442)

Facebook is actually using personal data and information which its collecting for me... in order to make profits? Facebook is tracking me in order to learn more about me?

Who would have thought that an innocent company like Facebook, with no privacy issues ever - would stoop to that?

I am shocked! This internet thing is so new to me.

Perspective, kthxbai (1, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391452)

You have a website that has pictures of you, your current whereabouts, mood, who you like, where you live, work, sleep, and every interaction with anyone else has just as much information pulled out and sorted. And you're bothered by the Like this button?!

Re:Perspective, kthxbai (1)

TitusC3v5 (608284) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391548)

/likes

Re:Perspective, kthxbai (4, Informative)

Faylone (880739) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391648)

Even if you're not going to read the article, could you at least read the summary? Even if you don't use Facebook, you're still being tracked.

Re:Perspective, kthxbai (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392248)

Even if you're not going to read the article, could you at least read the summary? Even if you don't use Facebook, you're still being tracked.

Unless you're running noscript, and have set your browser to ask you before you set cookies. At which point, Facebook can go pound sand.

Seriously, "ask before setting cookies" is one of the best features ever added to Mozilla (after tabbed browsing). However, this doesn't help Joe Sixpack, which is unfortunate.

Speak for yourself (5, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391662)

You have a website that has pictures of you, your current whereabouts, mood, who you like, where you live, work, sleep, and every interaction with anyone else has just as much information pulled out and sorted. And you're bothered by the Like this button?!

You seem to be a Facebook user; I am not. If Facebook is tracking me anyway, then yes, I am bothered.

Re:Speak for yourself (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391822)

If you are in the habit of accepting and keeping every cookie ever offered to you, you were being "tracked" before Facebook got involved.

Re:Speak for yourself (2, Insightful)

MichaelKristopeit163 (1939476) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391880)

you can still be tracked by IP address, browser version, OS version, available plugins, etc...

Fight for yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391828)

Then take back your privacy:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4703/
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722/
https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

Re:Speak for yourself (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391980)

oh chrome: wrench->options->under the hood->privacy->content settings->cookies->exceptions->add([*.]facebook.com,block). thumb defeated

Re:Speak for yourself (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391990)

that should be "on chrome" (although "oh chrome!" isn't far off, either. not that you couldn't do this with other browsers...)

Re:Speak for yourself (1)

Colonel Korn (1258968) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392140)

oh chrome: wrench->options->under the hood->privacy->content settings->cookies->exceptions->add([*.]facebook.com,block). thumb defeated

Alternatively, block all facebook domains in your hosts file.

Re:Speak for yourself (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392172)

There is also Facebook Disconnect [google.com] plugin for chrome.

Re:Speak for yourself (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392164)

Current leader in the Slashdot smug contest: admitting (true or false) that one doesn't use Facebook.

Re:Speak for yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392240)

Of course, pointing that out doesn't make you (or me) smug at all...

Re:Speak for yourself (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392212)

You seem to be a Facebook user; I am not. If Facebook is tracking me anyway, then yes, I am bothered.

Every advertisement you see is tracking you. Every HTTP request tells people things about you by default. Facebook "like" buttons are just more advertisements. If you don't want to be tracked by facebook, install some sort of ad blocker and block facebook and their CDN. It's unfortunate that we have to do this sort of thing, but it's the nature of the internet and always has been. At least it's not a secret tracking pixel, which is way more worth getting annoyed about than any like button.

Re:Perspective, kthxbai (3, Interesting)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391730)

The problem is that it is tracking ME. Someone who has NEVER had and NEVER WILL HAVE a facebook account, because I visit some random companies website and they have that retarded Like It button.

This has nothing to do with tracking facebook users, it has to do with tracking EVERYONE regardless of their facebook account, or lack of one.

In reality though, its no different than any other web tracker, except now instead of using 1 pixel sized transparent GIFs, they put a visible button on the page.

Re:Perspective, kthxbai (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392196)

The problem is that it is tracking ME. Someone who has NEVER had and NEVER WILL HAVE a facebook account, because I visit some random companies website and they have that retarded Like It button.

How exactly are they tracking you? They don't know anything about you, since you don't have a facebook account.

Re:Perspective, kthxbai (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391938)

Yes. Perspective. What you choose to share with Facebook may be very different than what Facebook gets to know about you due to the proliferation of their "Like this" widget. And as others point out, not everyone chooses to share anything with Facebook.

Time For (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391464)

Facebookgate [googleusercontent.com] .

Yours In Electrogorsk,
K. Trout, C.I.O.

Are you kidding? (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391468)

If you even have a facebook session going - and the controls for a "Like this" button are on the page, I wouldn't be surprised if that information gets stored.

"Hey you're logged in! Hey this control knows you're logged in, so it'll work instead of redirecting you to login. Hey, why don't we just send information back to facebook that you visitted this page, even if you didn't hit the like button!"

Would this shock anyone? I haven't proven it but its not far off nor technically impossible. In fact it's pretty easy to embed it in the control, which people just put on their pages, they hardly look at the code.

Re:Are you kidding? (1)

MichaelKristopeit213 (1947002) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391616)

it shocks me how little you understand web technologies.

the "like button" itself is a service of facebook. the site showing the "like button" has to send information to facebook which returns the code that creates the button and executes desired actions on pressing it... that way facebook can change the style of the button and the functionality without forcing the web site operator to make the changes themselves.

RTFA (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391664)

If you even have a facebook session going - and the controls for a "Like this" button are on the page, I wouldn't be surprised if that information gets stored.

"Hey you're logged in! Hey this control knows you're logged in, so it'll work instead of redirecting you to login. Hey, why don't we just send information back to facebook that you visitted this page, even if you didn't hit the like button!"

Would this shock anyone? I haven't proven it but its not far off nor technically impossible. In fact it's pretty easy to embed it in the control, which people just put on their pages, they hardly look at the code.

Yes, that's obvious. The point of the article is that Facebook sets tracking cookies even for people who don't, and never did, have Facebook accounts. This effectively lets Facebook track the surfing habits of non-users as well.

Take this moment to make sure you have your browser's cookie acceptance set to "Only from sites I visit."

Re:RTFA (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391820)

This effectively lets Facebook track the surfing habits of non-users as well.

Take this moment to make sure you have your browser's cookie acceptance set to "Only from sites I visit."

... Doesn't pretty much every site do that? Any of Google's Doubeclick ads are notorious for going through your cookies and finding the best product to put in front of your eyes. So wouldn't any site that serves up Doubleclick ads essentially have access to that information?

It Happened Late at Night (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391474)

Facebook's 'Like This' Button Is Tracking You

I now feel I have the courage to speak out about what happened one month ago.

I was walking home from a late night shift and noticed a glassy aero blue vehicle drive by me slowly. I couldn't see inside through the blue glass reflection but the vehicle moved at an ominous pace. I quickened my pace and made hast for my house now only five blocks away. I broke into a run at four blocks, I was so close to home and safety. But I heard the squeal of tires on pavement behind me and my pulse spiked. I covered the next two blocks as fast as the wind but the blue vehicle was faster. It pulled up onto my lawn in front of me and the doors opened as I ran by it. I didn't look, I couldn't look at them but I heard pixelated fingers running through the grass as I scrambled to find the key to open my front door.

I opened the door and turned around to slam it shut but there was a blocky thumb that caused it to bounce back. My wife came in to see what the commotion was about and screamed as the first hand with its blue cuff and erect them grabbed my ankle and tripped me. "Get the children to the panic room" I screamed. And in ten seconds my family was safe but I still grappled with the blue shaded hand holding me down mercilessly as three more hands with blue cuffs came in through the open door. Another held down my other ankle as the third raised his cuff to expose his fully erect thumb. The fourth pulled my pants down and I screamed in agony as I was viciously sodomized in my own living room while my family watched from the panic room camera. For hours it went on while the fourth Facebook 'Like' hand sat their smoking a cigar, laughing and rubbing his thumb and forefinger together when I asked why they were doing this to me. Why? Again, they rubbed their thumbs together with their fingers signifying money.

The police said I was powerless, I had given up my right when I had clicked through the Terms of Service to join Facebook. Zuckface could do whatever he wanted to do to me and I was powerless. The policemen told me to go back to my Farmville and watch my crops and just be happy the 'like' hands had left me alive, at least the Zuck had shown some mercy. Then they excused themselves and cautiously walked out to their squad car, hands ready on their sidearms, alert for any remaining 'like' hands.

It happened to me and it could happen to you.

Re:It Happened Late at Night (1)

geegel (1587009) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391566)

Funny? Troll?

Head explodes

Re:It Happened Late at Night (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391660)

Thanks for the story. Now I won't be able to sleep tonight.

Help for Those That Need It (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391868)

Thanks for the story. Now I won't be able to sleep tonight.

There, there, fellow victim, I have a method to help you with this problem. Lay on your bed, look at your hand, now back to me, now back at your hand, now back to me. Sadly, your hand cannot stop the 'Like This' button, but if you stopped using Facebook and switched to Diaspora, you could avoid the blue terror like me. Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on a cloud with only about five hundred other users. What’s in your hand, back at me. I have it, it’s your mouse connected to your computer where you just need to enter your password one final time to leave Facebook. Look again, the mouse is now diamonds. Anything is possible when you're not promoting Facebook. I’m on a butterfly.

Re:It Happened Late at Night (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391878)

This post is exactly why Slashdot needs to implement a Like button for comments.

Re:It Happened Late at Night (1)

Rikiji7 (1182159) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392048)

do you want to be tracked by slashdot buttons also?

Move along, nothing new to see here... (1)

KingRobot (703860) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391488)

Not only is this pretty obvious (how do they think Facebook is trying to make money), but there are much bigger fish to fry. Did the researcher consider Google's Analytics, much more widely used than Facebook's "Like" button? Or how about any of the numerous other internet advertisers scattered across the internet who are well known for this kind of activity?

Re:Move along, nothing new to see here... (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391608)

Google Analytics is used by site owners for measuring traffic on a site. Based on what it is supposed to do, I doubt anyone who has paid attention to the news recently would be surprised that Google archives that data too. It is DESIGNED to be doing this sort of thing. I think the surprise here for most people is that the "like" button appears to be just a simple innocent image-no one suspects that it would be logging website traffic.

Re:Move along, nothing new to see here... (1)

dreampod (1093343) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391898)

While it isn't surprising, it is important to keep noting the ongoing invasion of privacy that occurs online. Analytics is pretty upfront about the fact that it is going to be collecting data while Facebook Connect is not and adding it to a site is likely to be a choice made by less savvy marketing types rather than the technically inclined who would automatically assume anything that can track will be tracking.

It is also worthwhile from the fact that it covers how it tracks non-facebook users and how if they ever did get facebook (or log onto it) that it is capable of associating the entire history with all the other data now available.

ABP (5, Insightful)

scheveningen (305408) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391490)

And that is why we like Add Block Plus. Not only does it protect some of your privacy, it also speeds up your page loading.

Re:ABP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392182)

Specific Adblock Plus filters if anyone needs them:

||facebook.com^
||facebook.net^
||fbcdn.com^
||fbcdn.net^

(Add $third-party after the ^ if you want to still use Facebook but block the buttons on other sites.)

Uhm yea (1)

mwissel (869864) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391492)

I'd say the Facebook Like-Button qualifies as "confines of its own web site" as you will send a request to it. This is not spooky at all and everyone should know by now that Facebook's attitude about privacy is evil, whether he's Internet literate or not.. Too less news for news imho :(

Not that hard to kill facebook's tracking (4, Informative)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391496)

Noscript, Taco with Abine, BetterPrivacy.

Re:Not that hard to kill facebook's tracking (1, Informative)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391570)

Even easier, I just keep Facebook sandboxed in a totally separate browser that never visits any other website. This browser is also equipped with adblocking, script blocking and so on.

They can't track you if you don't go anywhere. I also never click on links in facebook posts or on the facebook page - I copy and paste them into a text file and strip off any added facebook nonsense to get to the actual URL.

Re:Not that hard to kill facebook's tracking (2, Informative)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391772)

Except the article is about facebook tracking everyone on sites other than facebook, such as when you go to some stores website and they have a 'Like It' button for all their products ... facebook is tracking you and that you've viewed that item, regardless of wether you have a facebook account or not.

But don't bother reading the article or even the summary or anything.

Re:Not that hard to kill facebook's tracking (1)

dreampod (1093343) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391780)

That isn't going to help you. If you had read TFA you would know that this is about the Facebook Connect 'Like' buttons that have been showing up on many of the popular websites and how it tracks you behaviour even if you aren't signed up with Facebook. Essentially Facebook has become another cross-site marketing tracker which given their abysmal outlook on privacy shouldn't be a surprise but is still worth noting because of their prevalence.

Re:Not that hard to kill facebook's tracking (1)

Tr3vin (1220548) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391940)

That doesn't protect you from tracking if you go to any other sites without ad-block, noscript, etc. from the same IP address.

Re:Not that hard to kill facebook's tracking (1)

mlts (1038732) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391950)

+1. Best place to keep FB is on its own Web browser separated from everything else using SandboxIE or a VM. Then on the other Web browsers used for general browsing, have their cookies auto-blocked. If you want to "like" something on FB, cut and paste the link into the FB browser.

Re:Not that hard to kill facebook's tracking (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391640)

Just Ghostery gets rid of 390 trackers for me.

Re:Not that hard to kill facebook's tracking (1)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391970)

Use a junk browser only for facebook and restrict cookies. Clean cache cookies thouroughly and often.

Dislike (1)

junkfish (460683) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391500)

Where is the Dislike Button for this?

Re:Dislike (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391736)

I think it's the "Block all cookies from facebook.com" option in your browser.

No shit (1)

Picardo85 (1408929) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391502)

No shit that the "Like" button tracks you ... everything on facebook is marked, tracked and cataloged ... it'd be crazy to do otherwise. This is the reason though why i don't press the "Like" button on commercial stuff.

Plugins (5, Informative)

mr100percent (57156) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391506)

This is why I use plugins like Defacer [babelstudios.se] , which hides the iframes for Facebook and (coming soon) the other Share buttons.

Re:Plugins (5, Informative)

Anti-S (761374) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391624)

AdBlock exception rule: ||facebook.*$domain=~facebook.com|~127.0.0.1

Thanks (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391758)

Thanks, I've been looking for a way of blocking facebook (except on its own website) for ages.

Re:Plugins (1)

assemblerex (1275164) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392142)

Thank you oh wise one, 9 blocked attempts on one page! Why is this score 1??

Re:Plugins (1)

EvilIdler (21087) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391716)

Defacer is great, and it automatically removes (part of the) button clutter. For some added Google protection, there's also this: http://www.orbicule.com/incognito/ [orbicule.com]

I'm not sure if Top Sites in Safari load all scripts, but at the very least it loads images, which are also used for tracking, therefore Defacer is probably not enough.

Re:Plugins (1)

IronChef (164482) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392152)

I was about to send you a fruit basket 'til I saw that extension was Safari only.

A quick search found "Facebook Disconnect" for Chrome... anyone have a recommendation for Firefox?

I Like This article (1)

tiedyejeremy (559815) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391518)

SSIA? ;D

Obfuscation (1)

TheDarkener (198348) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391526)

How about writing a browser extention that, in the background, visits all known sites that have the 'like' button (intelligently upgraded? That way, they won't know which sites you visited legitimately, thus the data they collect on you is worthless?

Re:Obfuscation (1)

DeathFromSomewhere (940915) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391748)

Have fun crawling the entire internet on your 3mbit connection.

Re:Obfuscation (1)

MichaelKristopeit162 (1934888) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391810)

25Mbit here...

even 1:10,000 signal to noise ratio makes the data useless... and the actual ratio would be significantly higher.

they aren't tracking me. (0, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit201 (1943248) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391556)

i change my ip address frequently, i deny facebook's use of cookies or flash or silverlight or any other 3rd party disk storage, while also clearing them continuously, and surfing through my own series of proxies which do the same.

i'm doing my part to add static to the signal.

more obvious lies in the headlines of this internet web site chat room messageboard.

slashdot = stagnated

Re:they aren't tracking me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391882)

slashdot = stagnated

Agreed. What Slashdot needs is a pattern-based auto-foe/auto-ignore system.

Re:they aren't tracking me. (0, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit163 (1939476) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392070)

it seems you've found the auto-cower button.

why do you cower? what are you afraid of?

you're completely pathetic.

in other news (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391586)

every time you shower you're in danger of getting wet, and supporting socialist water works

It's a TRAP! (1)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391592)

The article spins a good yarn about how evil and underhanded the facebook button is, then puts a facebook like button right at the bottom.

Re:It's a TRAP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391860)

It's not a Facebook "Like" button though. Appears to be an internal "thinq.co.uk" button.

Beacon (2, Insightful)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391602)

The beacon is back, and better than ever.

Hardly news (1)

geegel (1587009) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391658)

I've been noticing this some weeks ago when, on cnn.com, a widget informed what my friends like.

I basically developed the habit of logging out of FB every time, it's not that hard.

As for the Adblock/Noscript solution, I refuse to use it. I wore the hat of a webmaster and I know how important advertising is.

Re:Hardly news (1)

MichaelKristopeit161 (1934886) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391752)

even if you're logged out, they can still track you and link the presented anonymous usage data back to your account and store it linked to your account.

as someone who "wore the hat of a webmaster" you certainly don't understand the technology much.

Re:Hardly news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391778)

this has been replied to the previous 15 people who said something like this, but what TFA is talking about, is it's tracking you via cookies and possibly other manners regardless of if you are logged in, or even have an account at all.

Re:Hardly news (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391976)

You seem to be missing the fact that Facebook is using this to track me, someone who has never joined Facebook. This is the sort of thing that is the reason I have not joined Facebook.

Re:Hardly news (1)

geegel (1587009) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392226)

I honestly doubt that this is how it works. When I'm not logged in, that data does not appear. Also for the sake of clarity I must bring to light the fact that I have several FB accounts. This might screw their profiling (the profiles have wildly divergent interests and behaviors).

Again, this is only my personal account, so take it with a grain of salt.

Who would have thought. (0, Redundant)

andrea.sartori (1603543) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391668)

What an astonishing surprise.

I was wondering when someone would.. (1)

js3 (319268) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391708)

I put put 127.0.0.1 in my hosts file for facebook after my gf dumped me and I noticed almost every website calls the facebook like.ph url when you click on a link. Very annoying when trying to navigate with the back button

Not if you... (5, Informative)

Posting=!Working (197779) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391714)

Add this to your Adblock Plus filter:

||facebook.*$domain=~facebook.com|~127.0.0.1

What like button?
You can still use facebook, but they're blocked from any page that isn't facebook.com.

Re:Not if you... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392192)

Don't forget facebook.net, fbcdn.com and fbcdn.net

I made a AdblockPlus subscription blocking those for my convenience:
http://dev.mathiasbaert.be/misc/facebook-connect-opt-out.html [mathiasbaert.be]

Can we establish one thing (1)

Lucas123 (935744) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391734)

Facebook is going to track your activity. If you post your personal photos and information on a social networking site, it will more than likely be used for reasons other than you intended. There, now let's all move on.

Slip (1)

shoehornjob (1632387) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391844)

Roosendaal says that Facebook's tentacles

Anyone else read that as Facebooks testicles.

noscript FTW! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391906)

NoScript and do not allow facebook.net when you are not on facebook site. Not really that hard to avoid...

hmmm (2, Funny)

jarkus4 (1627895) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392050)

First, we dont really know they make any use of this data. They have the possibility, but they dont have to use it (its quite likely they do, but thats a different matter) Second, to avoid sending this data they would have to either limit some functionality or go out of their way and create some special domains to avoid passing the cookies between the systems. And this would be for no gain for them whatsoever - "not stealing" personal information is never a news topic. Also the only people who actually can be "offended" by this are some geeks that, lets be honest, are not an important market part to them, IMO the most realistic scenario for this is accidental data collection. They started partnering with whomever they could and putting their logo button there just to bring more traffic to their site (and their ads). PERHAPS then someone noticed that they can make also use of this extra data they get.

I can 100% guarantee... (1)

RapmasterT (787426) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392120)

I can guranantee with 100% certainty that the "like button" is NOT tracking me. As I have never clicked, nor SEEN the "like button".

Seriously, I couldn't be safer from Facebook's privacy issues...don't even have an account.

Definition of irony: (2, Insightful)

magsol (1406749) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392144)

Why is there a "Share this on Facebook" button at the end of TFA?
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