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Facebook tracks all site visitors, violating European Union law


Researchers at two Belgian Universities have found that Facebook tracks everyone who visits its site, including people who do not have an account and even non-users who have opted out of targeted ads. The research report was commissioned by the Belgian Privacy Commission found that Facebook with its 2015 privacy policy update is violating the European Law. After these initial findings, the researchers did a further technical analysis on Facebook’s tracking practices. They focused on tracking techniques that use social plug-ins such as the “Like Button”, which is used on more than 13 million third -party websites, and also tested the advertising tracking opt-out. Other important things which were discovered include a cookie which Facebook places on the browser of anyone who visits a Web page belonging to Facebook.com domain. The cookie is known as “datr” and has an expiration date of 2 years. Facebook users are also extensively tracked. Even when a Facebook user deactivates his account, Facebook will still receive cookies that uniquely identify the ex-user, as per the report.
 
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