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Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection

Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection
From TechCrunch - April 16, 2018

Other companies suck in your data too, Facebookexplained in many, many words today with a blog post detailing how it gathers information about you from around the web.

Facebook product management directorDavid Baser wrote, Twitter,Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to help people share things on their services. Googlehas a popular analytics service. And Amazon, Google and Twitter all offer login features. These companiesand many othersalso offer advertising services. In fact, most websites and apps send the same information to multiple companies each time you visit them. Describing how Facebook receives cookies, IP address, and browser info about users from other sites, he noted, when you see a YouTube video on a site thats not YouTube, it tells your browser to request the video from YouTube. YouTube then sends it to you.

It seems Facebook is tired of being singled-out. The tacked on them too! statements at the end of its descriptions of opaque data collection practices might have been trying to normalize the behavior, but comes off feeling a bit petty.

The blog post also fails to answer one of the biggest lines of questioning from CEO Mark Zuckerbergs testimonies before Congress last week. Zuckerberg was asked by Representative Ben Lujan about whether Facebook constructs shadow profiles of ad targeting data about non-users.

Todays blog post merely notes that When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if youre logged out or dont have a Facebook account. This is because other apps and sites dont know who is using Facebook. Many companies offer these types of services and, like Facebook, they also get information from the apps and sites that use them.

The data privacy double-standard

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