Do you guys know that Facebook watches you even while you are away or logged out? Facebook is tracking which sites its 800million users visit even after they have signed out. Company employees are also able to watch where people who are not members of the social-networking site go online if they have just viewed Facebook once.
Facebook collects lots of data about its users and it is no secret. A less well-known fact was known and i.e. the site not only watches its active users but even those who don’t have an account.
The tracking means that every time an internet user being followed clicks on to a third-party page which has a Facebook plug-in attached, such as the popular ‘Like’ widget, a record is sent back to the company. According to Facebook, the data is used to boost security and improve the quality of the plug-ins and not to gather personal information to promote user-specific ads.
What you should do to prevent “Big Brother” from spying on you:
It helps create efficient and personalized advertising. The Tracking Web Activity allows Facebook to learn the user’s preferences and show them ads they will most likely be interested in.
They do more than we think and even things we didn’t indicate. Your ad preferences, address, phone number, education, income, cost and area of your house, all these can be acquired through you and your friends’ Internet activity analysis. This information will stay in the database almost forever even you delete your account.
Researchers state that tracking can even occur without any interaction with Facebook services. According to the study published by the Belgian Commission for the Protection of Privacy, it says that Facebook tracks sites visited even by those users who never created an account on the social network. This is possible because of cookie files and social network plug-ins.
Don’t worry, there is a safety guide given by data analysis specialists:
- Try not to post too much personal info.
- Don’t post photographs of your children, especially if they’re not old enough to give their consent.
- Log out of Facebook when you’re done using it, or use separate browsers for different activities.
- Use ad blockers.
- Don’t install Facebook Messenger on your phone. Use the mobile website instead.
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These recommendations will be of use for all Internet users:
- On iPhone or iPad, select Settings > Confidentiality > Advertising,and enable the Limit Ad Tracking
- On Android devices, select Settings > Google > Ads Settings, and turn off Ads Personalization.
- In the Chrome browser (or any other — their settings are similar), open Settings > Show advanced settings > Privacy, and
- check the box that says Send a “Do Not Track” request with your browsing traffic.