If Facebook has already tagged you with a cookie, next up come Facebook plugins. The Facebook “Like”, “Share” and “Comment” buttons will report on you even if you are not logged in to Facebook or even connected. Here is what Facebook has to say on their site about Facebook plugins:
“If you’ve previously received a cookie from Facebook because you either have an account or have visited facebook.com, your browser sends us information about this cookie when you visit a site with the “Like” button or another social plugin. We use this cookie information to help show you a personalized experience on that site as well as Facebook, to help maintain and improve our service, and to protect both you and Facebook from malicious activity. We delete or anonymize it within 90 days, and we do not sell it to advertisers or share it without your permission.”
The above statement about Facebook plugins is now considered questionable given Facebook’s recent admissions.
There are roughly a dozen Facebook plugins that the company provides for third-party sites from every industry you can think of, of any size. These social plugins include features such as Like, Share, Quote and Comment. However Facebook – and these Facebook plugins – are not limited to web sites, and other less known or altogether undisclosed plugins exist that integrate Facebook into mobile, or even IoTs such as connected TVs, refrigerators, cars or anything that supports Facebook.
Compliance and adherence of Facebook plugins’ features and capabilities to Facebook’s stated user and privacy policies are difficult to track. Given the proprietary nature of purpose-built technologies, it is near impossible to validate if Facebook is operating within the parameters they have publicly disclosed.
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