The Belgian data protection agency commissioned a report, released this week, looking into Facebook’s privacy practices in the European Union after an initial report found the site in violation of the EU’s data and privacy laws. However, the findings of the group’s second report are even more troubling. The researchers behind the study claim that Facebook tracks all visitors to the site whether or not they are registered users. They also claim that the site tracks users’ computers without their consent and even tracks them if they have explicitly opted out in Europe.
I doubt if any experienced security experts were surprised by this latest report. Facebook’s privacy issues have been known for a long time.
You can read more about the new report from researchers at the Centre of Interdisciplinary Law and ICT (ICRI) and the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography department (Cosic) at the University of Leuven, and the media, information and telecommunication department (Smit) at Vrije Universiteit Brussels in an article in the Wall Street Journal at http://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-confronts-european-probes-1427975994 as well as at http://goo.gl/KCoAos.