Researchers at software vendor CA have discovered that social networking site Facebook is able to track the buying habits of its users on affiliated third-party sites even when they are logged out of their account or have opted out of its controversial "Beacon" tracking service.

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2,384 hits 3.0 (3 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 13 years ago by KikiPeepers

If you have a Facebook account, does this bother you?
Researchers at software vendor CA have discovered that social networking site Facebook is able to track the buying habits of its users on affiliated third-party sites even when they are logged out of their account or have opted out of its controversial "Beacon" tracking service.

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13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 7/23/08 - 8:26:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why would this bother me? What could they do with that information other than tracking my buying habits and making ads and opportunities more custom fitted to my interests and needs? Should I be angry that they'll start serving me better? I don't see it, but maybe that's because I don't really ever buy stuff online.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 7/23/08 - 8:28:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
maybe they wont start serving u better maybe they might think wat u r doin is wrong
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 7/23/08 - 9:02:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don't buy stuff online really anyway. Plus my profile is pretty vague.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 7/23/08 - 10:34:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. I don't do a lot of online shopping, and even if I did I don't think I would mind.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 7/23/08 - 10:40:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I could care less...i nenver shop online anyways.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/24/08 - 12:04:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't buy things online but being tracked and things tracking people bother me in general. So, yes.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/24/08 - 12:16:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, it is kind of creepy.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/24/08 - 12:25:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
I dont see why it would bother me.. My friend made me one or something like that and i just never get on the damn thing.. I dont like facebook or Myspace.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/24/08 - 12:39:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
It doesn't bother me a bit. I almost never shop online.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/24/08 - 2:13:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
i dont usually shop online.. but i wouldnt like to be monitored in general! so yes it bothers me to be tracked without my consent
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/24/08 - 10:50:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
Those bastards!
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/24/08 - 11:41:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
people can see what i buy if they really care. mostly i just go to thrift stores or buy lots of coffee and or drugs.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/24/08 - 12:19:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
well as long as they don't post my information such as card number or whatever i guess it's not such a huge deal.. even though i think you should be able to approve or disapprove that notion.


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13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/24/08 - 2:11:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Now it does. Thanks.
Although I don't have a facebook account.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/24/08 - 4:13:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
i don't have a facebook
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 7/24/08 - 4:48:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
Erm... I have facebook and this is aload of bulls**t
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 7/25/08 - 9:12:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 7/23/08 - 8:26:05 PM emitchell wrote:
Why would this bother me? What could they do with that information other than tracking my buying habits and making ads and opportunities more custom fitted to my interests and needs? Should I be angry that they'll start serving me better? I don't see it, but maybe that's because I don't really ever buy stuff online.


word.. and i dont buyy anything online either.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 8/1/08 - 10:02:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know if this helps or not...

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13 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 9/23/08 - 5:40:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't have a facebook I have a myspace though Iv'e had it since I was 12.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/6/08 - 10:59:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
If it's some type of spyware, then yes.
Ick.

(And I'm pretty much addicted to Facebook...)
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 12:06:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
They'd be blind to not see this...

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12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 12:24:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 7/24/08 - 12:16:22 AM Electric wrote:
Yes, it is kind of creepy, but less so than undead threads.

12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 12:28:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/27/10 - 12:06:54 PM KikiPeepers wrote:
They'd be blind to not see this... [link]

Bullsh*t.
While I do think it is a tad underhanded to have people automatically opted into the program, there is no call to run around like f*cking chicken little when there is a simple check box in settings that opts you out.
11 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/1/11 - 9:29:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
11 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/1/11 - 9:54:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
I noticed that when I visit other sites that my facebook name and pict shows up for if I want to post a comment. I dont like that at all

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