Facebook is watching you, even if you aren’t social

New reports reveal the lengths to which major tech companies are keeping an eye on all internet users via intrusive technology.

The Daily Mail reported on Facebook’s creepy tracking habits:

Even if you have never entered the Facebook domain, the company is still able to follow your browsing behaviour without you knowing it.

More than 10,000 websites contain invisible trackers, called Pixels, which record information about visitors.

This includes everything from the operating system you use to your IP address and activities on the website during a session.

This gives the firm insights into everything from where you are in the world, who your internet service provider is, the types of sites you like to visit and how long you spend on them.

Nick Whigham, a reporter for the New Zealand Herald, decided to test out what Facebook knew about him and was surprised by the results.

In 2010, Facebook was the first big social media firm to give its users the option to download a file containing their personal history on the service.

Among the information gathered by the firm on Mr Wingham was a mobile recording of an old VHS video of his mother hugging him as he left for his first day of pre-school.

He also stumbled across scanned copies of tenancy agreements, bills for his home broadband service and screen shots of bank transfers, as well as more banal chat logs and other site history.

To access your personalised digital footprint on Facebook, click on the top-right dropdown menu, click on settings and then ‘Download a copy of your data file.’

The news comes just after Facebook notified users that it is using new facial recognition software capable of tracking them through pictures they didn’t even know were on the social network.


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