Facebook Reveals It Can Collect Users' Data Even Without Them Logging In

Facebook Reveals It Can Collect Users' Data Even Without Them Logging In

Zuckerberg's refusal to answer questions has not helped his company's image either.

She continued, "But I believe it is nearly certain that the number of Facebook users whose data was compromised through routes similar to that used by Kogan is much greater than 87 million; and that both Cambridge Analytica and other unconnected companies and campaigns were involved in these activities". This happens for every site that you visit, or app that you use, which uses any of Facebook's services, from the more visible ones, to the ones that are running under the hood which most users will never know about.

Baser goes on to detail some of the data stored about users and non-users: IP address, browser/operating system information, the address of the website or app in use, cookies, device identifiers, country information, and more. The Indian government had questioned both the companies on the impact of the data breach, following which Facebook had admitted that almost 5.62 lakh people in India were "potentially affected" by the incident.

The post is a lot more comprehensive than Zuckerberg's testimony.

Many websites and apps use Facebook services to make their content and ads more engaging and relevant. Baser - while trying to give the illusion of transparency - does little more than point out that other companies are collecting data about non-users in the same way as Facebook.

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Many companies offer these types of services and, like Facebook, they also get information from the apps and sites that use them. Its cookies also keep track of the sites you visit, and what app you're using.

One in six of those groups was linked to Russian Federation, according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study, and the identities of the rest of the 122 groups that are labeled "suspicious" are still unknown, an indication of the influence of "astroturf" or shell companies in USA politics. Zuckerberg stuck to his response throughout the marathon hearing: that Facebook is conducting an audit on all apps that have access to large amounts of data. As Facebook noted, "when you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you're logged out or don't have a Facebook account". Finally, Facebook ads and measurement tools facilitate websites and apps with advertisements.

"The brief I require will also include issue of unidentified Facebook users using false IDs to commit cybercrimes, including defamation, fake news, pornographic and other illicit materials which is behind the SIM card registration", said Mr Basil.

Facebook continues to suggest that users have all the control over their data.

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