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Researcher Says Network Tracks Users Post-Logout

SOCIAL NETWORKING

September 27, 2011

An Australian technologist has found that Facebook tracks the websites its users visit even when they are logged out of the site, reports The Age. The site alters its cookies when a user logs out, but does not delete them, the technologist found. The company responded to the allegations, saying it quickly deletes the collected data and is looking at ways to avoid sending it altogether. New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said she is looking at the issue closely, and Australia's privacy commissioner said that, in general, users should be allowed to opt out of data collection. Meanwhile, experts are drawing connections between this revelation and other privacy concerns.
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