Facebook could be taken to court over alleged trackingNovember 17th, 2011 - 10:54 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Los Angeles, Nov 17 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Facebook could be dragged before the US Congress following reports that the social networking site tracks users even after they have logged out. After months of speculations, Facebook finally admitted that they use tracking cookies to watch their users on the Internet.
The chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee at Congress Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) says Facebook does not have the right to watch users especially without their consent.
Speaking on the subject on Wednesday, Rockefeller announced that, “No company should track customers without their knowledge or consent, especially a company with 800 million users and a trove of unique personal data on its users. If Facebook or any other company is falsely leading people to believe that they can log out of the site and not be tracked, that is alarming.”
Facebook has reacted to the concerns of the Senator promising that they are ready to meet him and explained the concept better to him. The company said they keep certain cookies but they delete them within 90 days.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center led the call for lawmakers to investigate Facebook for tracking its users.
Facebook is use by over 800 million users making it the most popular Internet site in the world.
- Facebook makes money from user's data - Apr 17, 2011
- Facebook faces fresh trouble over privacy concerns - May 22, 2010
- Firefox plots system to stop firms from tracking you online - Dec 01, 2010
- Users' consent required by websites tracking cookies on Internet - Mar 09, 2011
- EU to have right 'to be forgotten' law online - Mar 18, 2011
- Internet users wary of backdoor snooping - Mar 19, 2012
- Over 50 pct Facebook users could delete accounts over privacy worries - May 20, 2010
- Facebook Games Privacy Breach! Farmville,Frontierville, Other Apps Share User ID's - Oct 18, 2010
- Personal information from Facebook passed on to ad firms - Oct 19, 2010
- Your deleted facebook pics remain accessible - Feb 07, 2012
- Facebook to look into face recognition software's security concerns - Jul 27, 2011
- Facebook to let advertisers republish user's posts - Jan 27, 2011
- Facebook forced to implement privacy safeguards - Aug 28, 2009
- Facebook indicted for privacy violations in Canada - Jul 17, 2009
- Virtual fingerprints can track computer users' movements - May 19, 2010
Tags: commerce science, electronic privacy, facebook, internet site, jay rockefeller, lawmakers, personal data, privacy information center, social networking site, speculations, transportation committee, trove, us congress