Facebook Admits It Collects User Data Even From Non-Users

Nichole Vega
April 17, 2018

"We require these security measures for the company's benefit because of the importance of Mr. Zuckerberg to Facebook, and we believe that the costs of this overall security program are appropriate and necessary". The CEO at the time promised to follow up on questions he couldn't answer on the spot. Besides politicians, privacy advocates are also disturbed by Zuckerberg's comments. Facebook also lets users tweak their ad preferences with the option of opting out of the target and interest-based ads for better control.

Zuckerberg squirmed when pressed about a 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission that was created to force Facebook to tighten its privacy controls.

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled Monday that Facebook must face potentially millions of users from the state who claim the company has gathered and stored their biometric data without their agreement. If Facebook did, it could be fined $40,000 per infraction.

Many companies offer these types of services and, like Facebook, they also get information from the apps and sites that use them.

Some experts say it's an addiction, that the pull of Facebook's news feed is as compelling as those one-armed bandits in casinos. Instead, he asserted without elaborating that "the average American uses eight different apps to communicate with their friends and stay in touch with people".

"A website typically sends two things back to your browser: first, content from that site; and second, instructions for the browser to send your request to the other companies providing content or services on the site".

Facebook also covers security expenses for Sheryl Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer and a popular author and public speaker.

Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zucker appeared before the US Congress to shed light on this leaks.

Zuckerberg emphasized that Facebook will always offer a free version of its network.

These include Social Plugins (like and share buttons), Facebook Logins (it allows users to login to third party apps and websites with their Facebook account), Facebook Analytics (helps websites and apps identify their most engaging content) and Facebook Ads (shows ads from Facebook advertisers on third party apps and websites). Following an official subject access request under European Union law, he told MPs last month, Facebook had responded that it was unable to provide the information. 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.

Respondents were upset that Facebook did not confess to the data breach in 2015.

The report further suggests that Baser has revealed that the social media giant receives data from the third-party apps and services even if a user is not logged in their Facebook account, or doesn't have an account altogether. A Facebook spokesperson declined to provide additional information.

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.

After Zuckerberg said he didn't know, Lujan enlightened him.

"I'm afraid Facebook has come down to the position of trying to carve out exceptions to that", the Democrat said, according to a transcript of the April 11 hearing.

The company argued each individual user could be "aggrieved" differently, and must prove that they suffered an actual injury beyond a privacy right. As per Baser, 'It is because the other apps and websites don't know who is using Facebook'.

Flummoxed, Zuckerberg resorted to a common response. "I hope you'll fill me in on how that is consistent with protecting privacy".

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