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As CNET report, Facebook's cookie management system was 'defected' -- though since corrected, they were assured -- that meant the social networking giant was tracking the web histories' of users even though they were logged out of the social network.
To think that a social network one trusts with all of this data, but still wanted more, disgusted many users.
Germany, a world leading nation in data protection, accused Facebook of tracking users' cancelled and logged out accounts, and headed under increased pressure from the European privacy regulators. Germany's privacy watchdog made the claims in early November, and could fine the company up to €300,000 ($420,000) for each breach of their laws.
But closer to home, Facebook attracted senators' attention after the news erupted. Sen. Jay Rockefeller will "invite Facebook and others to explain how they are using personal information".
Users are increasingly finding that the vast array of privacy settings is difficult to not only manage, but to edit too.
Almost half (48 percent) surveyed by Which? Computing said that they struggled to keep track of all the security and privacy changes that have been made in the social network. Respondents changed most of their settings 'only twice', even though Facebook has issued a number of updates and fixes to its privacy platform. Many may find that their settings are still set to 'everyone' or 'public'.
If so many people are not changing their privacy settings, this alone could be why so many people's data is being harvested by socialbots or other socially-engineered attacks.
Mark Zuckerberg came under fire for encouraging others to post more information about their lives under the new 'Timeline' feature.
Facebook finally, after a slew of privacy changes and amassing a great deal of anger from the users of the social networking site, for changing privacy settings or adding updates to the service without informing them.
What was worse is that some of these changes were automatically switched on, and users had to opt-out of the feature if they did not want it.
But the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is set to agree to new changes whereby Facebook would make these 'opt-in', giving users the choice of whether they want to use the feature or not. Not only will this suit the U.S. FTC, but also other governments around the world, like Germany, which deplored the move when Facebook rolled out facial recognition software.
Once again, Facebook gets itself in trouble with the government. That is never a good sign, and I speak from experience.