Facebook comes under attack for tracking internet users who don't have a Facebook account



So you think that you're pretty smart because you never signed up for a Facebook account. And while your friends are concerned about who got to use their profile data without permission, you gloat that your personal information is safe and remains out of the clutches of Facebook. Or is it? During his testimony in front of a House committee on Wednesday, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that his company does track internet users who have not subscribed to Facebook.

Responding to a question poised by U.S. Representative Ben Luján (D-New Mexico), Zuckerberg responded that Facebook tracks non-users for security reasons. That means that these non-subscribers haven't a clue about what information Facebook has obtained about them. This didn't sit well with the lawmakers in Congress, who might draft regulations to be applied against the social media app and others of its ilk. "We've got to fix that," said Rep. Luján, referring to a process that forces non Facebook users to sign up for the service if they want to know what personal information the company has obtained. Facebook has responded by saying that it has no plans to develop a method to allow non-users to see the data about them collected by the company.

Besides politicians, privacy advocates are also disturbed by Zuckerberg's comments. Chris Calabrese, vice president for policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, said that Facebook needs to reveal what it is doing with all of this information.


Some cyber security experts expect to see executives from Google, Amazon, Reddit and Twitter to be called soon to testify on Capitol Hill.

source: Reuters, Bloomberg

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32 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

WOW. So you dont even have to use this bs service to get screwed over?

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Am I the only one who's wondering why Zuckerberg, a multi-billionaire, has a cheap haircut? I mean, that's the first thing that crossed my mind! Well, I suppose being a billionaire means you can wear a bathrobe to the office without getting criticized! G'Day!

27. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Didn't you heard? He is a robot hahaha

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6827; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Nope. All you have to do is visit a website that has the twitter, snapchat, fb share buttons...usually found at the bottom of news articles, blogs etc. Look above and you'll see PA does it as well. It's a good bet fb knows we're here...

8. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

You can edit the host file in your computer and set all the facebook related web to hell 127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com 127.0.0.1 facebook.com 127.0.0.1 fb.com

14. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

So all the shmucks who deleted their Facebook accounts must be feeling pretty stupid right now

17. jojon

Posts: 435; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

deleting my f/b acc. does not make me a shmuk.

21. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Even if you delete your account they still have your data.

22. gamehead unregistered

I deleted my FB account years ago before this leak because it was boring AF dunce. Sit yourself down somewhere.

24. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

They still lost users right? That's the point of boycott. Even if u still use WhatsApp or instagram at least no more FB.

2. JasontheVeteran

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

This is a major violation of one's privacy. How in the hell can Fakebook have your personal information even if you don't use their services? This has to be illegal. And the old buzzards in Congress don't have the foggiest idea of how to deal with Fakebook. Mark Zuckerberg is a domestic enemy and should be held accountable. No other service that I am aware of tracks your personal info if you don't have an account.

9. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Uh...Google does it , and in a way more intrusive manner than FB. But these pale in comparison to some of the ghastly crimes committed by the drug industry and oil industry. Drug Industry : A certain pharma company paid corrupt doctors to prescribe opiates to the point where the populace actually became addicted to the meds. Oil industry has been stifling innovation in green , renewable energies and have been paying senators under the table to kill such innovations, despite being aware of Global Warming from as early as the 80s And now we have an idiot and a selfish a-hole as the head of one of the most powerful countries in the world. He became the president due to FB/Cambridge Analytica fiasco , thereby supporting the above mentioned debauchery. We only have ourselves to blame ...

10. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

How is this any different than the previous presidents? It’s just now that trump is here this is coming out... The best part is, trump is a direct result of a retaliation of the looney left. The lesser of two evils still won. I still agree with many of your points.

15. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

I agree with everything you are saying, except for Trump being selfish. He might be an idiot but selfishness is not how I would describe him. I consider him a president that actually gives a damn compared to Obama who was ruining our country.. but people like you were hypnotized every time he opened his mouth

3. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I smell another lawsuit (or even class action) against Facebook

4. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Well this is just really wrong, Sorry not sorry Facebook, but you deserve a big spanking from Karma today.

5. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Why is it the Samsung Phones you can't uninstall the Facebook app only disable it. They probably track you that way too.

11. AxelFoley unregistered

You can uninstall it.

12. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

No, no way

16. AxelFoley unregistered

It uninstalls on the Note 8. I can only speak to that.

13. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Yeah that's true and very bad. I'm on of users who have Note 8 and can't delete Facebook!! Only disable it !!!!

32. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

I can delete facebook from my Verizon Note8. If you haven't already, try deleting it from the Pay Store or from your app drawer, not your home screen.

18. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

There goes one 2020 liberal candidate hopeful. How is Facebook collecting info on people who don’t use it though? That’s the most curious thing to me.

20. lyndon420

Posts: 6827; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Cookies. You familiar with what those are??

25. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

You familiar with what BOFA are?

31. Vega007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 18, 2017

He was never a hopeful, he is too young.

19. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Lol. Let them take if they want. These things aren’t important.

23. sunnyfpy

Posts: 288; Member since: May 12, 2013

Hahahaha, nothing new,you are being watched,24 hours if you own mobile phone!

26. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

Haters gonna hate, Zuckerberg2020 I will support

29. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I predict he would have 99%+ chance of getting elected leading to Election Day. Just like how fake lib news pegged Klinton with the same chances.

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