In a new twist to facebook privacy change, US district Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California, dismissed the lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ activity in their browsers even after they’ve logged out, saying that the plaintiffs failed to show that they had a reasonable expectation of privacy or suffered any realistic economic harm or loss.
“Facebook privacy change intrusion could have easily been blocked, but plaintiffs chose not to do so,” said Davila, who dismissed an earlier version of the five-year-old case in October 2015.
“The fact that a user’s web browser automatically sends the same information to both parties,” he said, “does not establish that one party intercepted the user’s communication with the other.”
The lawsuit had accused the California-based social media behemoth of using cookies and “like” buttons embedded on outside websites to track their browsing activity even when they were not logged into Facebook.
For quite some time now, Facebook’s user tracking hasn’t been limited to your time on the site, but any third-party web site or service that’s connected to Facebook or that uses a Like button is sending over your information, without your explicit permission.
Facebook’s new Open Graph-enabled social web apps all send information to Facebook and can post to your profile or share with your friends whether you want them to or not.
In the new Facebook privacy change, Judge says facebook has right to track your browser.
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It was also discovered that Facebook’s tracking cookies-which never expire, are only altered instead of deleted when a user logs out. This means that the tracking cookies still have your account number embedded in them and still know which user you are after you’ve logged out.
In its defense however, facebook mentioned that they do not share or sell the information they see when you visit a website with a Facebook social plugin to third parties. They said that it has nothing to do with tracking movements, and that they have no desire to collect information about where you are on the web and what you’re doing. They simply want to make sure that you can seamlessly log in at any time to Facebook and to sites and services that connect with it and share what you’re doing it in the algorithm that decides which content one sees in their News Feed.
“We use our cookies to either provide custom content (e.g. your friend’s likes within a social plugin)…” And the purpose of that is…right. To market your partner’s product and services.
Also still on facebook privacy change, they also stated that tracking every logged-out user is to catch a few spammers or phishers, and not to privy on their users privacy.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs did not immediately respond on Monday to requests for comment. Facebook too did not immediately respond to a similar request. We will however keep you updated on any new events related to the facebook privacy change lawsuit.