Berteau claims the results of the tests prove that Facebook is able to collect information about its members’ surfing habits on affiliate sites, regardless of whether permission has been granted.
Facebook replied to CA’s concerns in a letter describing the ease with which user’s can opt out of having the purchasing information listed on the “mini-feed” on their profile.
“I replied explaining that I was not particularly worried about the feeds, which are only shown to friends who I have previously vetted, but that I was more concerned about the silently collected data, particularly the possibility of that data being sold to third parties,” Berteau said.
Facebook has since released a statement claiming that it has no choice but to collect the data so that it can be used should the user decide to “opt-in” to the service.
This is Bullshit. They could submit a list of users who opt-in to affiliates, and have them *only* transmit data for those users. Which leads me to an interesting question. Has Facebook submitted a list of users to collect data from? (If so, their “no choice” argument is already a flat out lie on its part). If not, do affiliate sites send data for *every* user, regardless of whether they have a Facebook account?
Facebook is saying they do not use the data. They haven’t said they will not. But they also fail to understand that sometimes people just don’t like the idea of a corporation tracking them, whether the data is erased and “never used” or not.