Is LiveJournal spying on its users and sharing private information?


Short answer: Yes.

Facebook Doesn’t Budge on Beacon’s Broad User Tracking

Facebook’s CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg remains unrepentant about what privacy advocates consider a particularly egregious feature.
[…] Facebook’s CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg has profusely apologized for missteps in the design and deployment of the Beacon ad system, but he remains unrepentant about what privacy advocates consider a particularly egregious feature.

Absent from Zuckerberg’s mea culpa Wednesday is any indication that Facebook plans to modify the system’s ability to indiscriminately track actions of all users on external sites that have implemented Beacon. […]

However, in the past week, CA security researcher Stefan Berteau stunned many when he reported that Beacon tracks all users in these external sites, including logged-off and former Facebook members and even non-Facebook members, and sends data back to Facebook. He also found that logged-in Facebook users who declined having their actions broadcast to their friends still had their data sent to Facebook.

Beacon, already blasted for weeks by privacy advocates like MoveOn.org and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, as well as by concerned Facebook users, has come under renewed attacks as a result of the findings from Berteau’s independent research.

Facebook confirmed that this broad user tracking function remains untouched in Beacon, despite the changes announced Wednesday, a spokesperson said in an e-mail. […]

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