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Not Getting It

August 19, 2011 15:42:23.881

Thilo Weichart may not be the dumbest man on the planet, but he'd be up there in any competition. He's scared by the - wait for it - Facebook "like" button:

Weichert argues that data from any user who clicks the ‘like’ button including those who are not Facebook users (which seems to be the crux of the problem for Weichert) is immediately transmitted to a server in the United States. Weichert told German newspaper FAZ that his concern is that “Facebook can track every click on a site, how long I’m there, what I’m interested in.”

Here's a hot tip for this clown: try not clicking on the button. There, I fixed it.

posted by James Robertson


Re: Not Getting It

[anonymous] August 22, 2011 14:59:34.204

You're missing an important point: the Facebook Like button is implemented as an iframe; combined with the Referrer information & cookies, Facebook is told about every Like-enabled page you visit. Unless you filter out the iframe's URL and purge all Facebook cookies, you'll get monitored by all sites (and in turn Facebook) with a Like button. Yes - even without clicking on anything.

Re: Not Getting It

[James Robertson] August 22, 2011 15:36:34.759

... And so are a ton of other things on pages. Ever visit a page with an embedded YouTube clip? Whoops - that's an iFrame as well, so we better ban that, too. Lots of things use iFrames, and starting a Jihad against that is just stupid.

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