“Other companies siphon in your information too,” Facebook explained in many, many difference currently with a blog post detailing how it gathers information about we from around a web.
Facebook product government director David Baser wrote, “Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn all have identical Like and Share buttons to assistance people share things on their services. Google has a renouned analytics service. And Amazon, Google and Twitter all offer login features. These companies — and many others — also offer promotion services. In fact, many websites and apps send a same information to mixed companies any time we revisit them.” Describing how Facebook receives cookies, IP address, and browser info about users from other sites, he noted, “when we see a YouTube video on a site that’s not YouTube, it tells your browser to ask a video from YouTube. YouTube afterwards sends it to you.”
It seems Facebook is sleepy of being singled-out. The tacked on “them too!” statements during a finish of a descriptions of ambiguous information collection practices competence have been perplexing to normalize a behavior, though comes off feeling a bit petty.
The blog post also fails to answer one of a biggest lines of doubt from CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimonies before Congress final week. Zuckerberg was asked by Representative Ben Lujan about either Facebook constructs “shadow profiles” of ad targeting information about non-users.
Today’s blog post merely records that “When we revisit a site or app that uses a services, we accept information even if you’re logged out or don’t have a Facebook account. This is given other apps and sites don’t know who is regulating Facebook. Many companies offer these forms of services and, like Facebook, they also get information from a apps and sites that use them.”
Facebook has a lot some-more questions to answer about this practice, given many of a remoteness and information controls are usually permitted to users who’ve sealed up.
The information remoteness double-standard
That said, other tech companies have gotten off light. Whether it’s given Apple and Google aren’t CEO’d by their founders any more, or we’ve grown to see iOS and Android as such underlying platforms that they aren’t obliged for what third-party developers do, inspection has focused on Zuckerberg and Facebook.
The Cambridge Analytica liaison emerged from Facebook being incompetent to make a policies that demarcate developers from pity or offered information they lift from Facebook users. Yet it’s misleading either Apple and Google do a improved pursuit during this policing. And while Facebook let users give their friends’ names and interests to Dr. Aleksandr Kogan, who sole it to Cambridge Analytica, iOS and Android apps customarily ask we to give them your friends’ phone numbers, and we don’t see mass recoil about that.
At slightest not yet.