Based on recent reports regarding Facebook user tracking, we have decided to appropriately title this weeks David Fletcher comic: ‘The Darker Side Of The Cloud”…
Lawmakers seek FTC probe of Facebook post-log out tracking
Two U.S. congressmen today asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook’s practice of tracking users even after they have logged out.
“When users log out of Facebook, they are under the expectation that Facebook is no longer monitoring their activities. We believe this impression should be the reality. Facebook users should not be tracked without their permission,” said the letter (PDF) sent to the FTC by Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Joe Barton, a Texas Republican.
“Facebook was able to obtain this information when users visited websites that connect with Facebook, including websites with ‘Like’ buttons,” the letter said. “There are an estimated 905,000 sites that contain the ‘Like’ button.”