This Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet Activity

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 5 years ago '08        #1
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This Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet Activity
 

 

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The first thing I do when I sit down at my computer in the morning is open up Facebook. Just by logging in, I could see that Facebook had 228 trackers watching my web activity.

So when DNT+ says it's blocked Facebook from tracking you 200 times, that means it's blocked 200 requests from Facebook that attempt to use the information in the request to collect information about you. Those 200 requests could have been a mix of Javascript, iframes, images, and cookies, and they could have spawned even more requests.

Note: we ran the test on various browsers, and two different machines to ensure the results were consistent.

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 This Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet Activity - Business Insider

Facebook really is watching your every move online.

In testing out a new diagnostic tool called Abine DNT+, we noticed that Facebook has more than 200 "trackers" watching our internet activity.


Abine defines trackers as "a request that a webpage tries to make your browser perform that will share information intended to record, profile, or share your online activity." The trackers come in the shape of cookies, Javascript, 1-pixel beacons, and Iframes.

Cookies are tiny bits of software that web pages drop onto your device that identify you anonymously but nonetheless signal useful behavior about your background interests to advertisers who might want to target you.

Critics call this spying. Advertisers call it targeting.

In an email to Business Insider, Abine privacy analyst Sarah Downey explained why users should pay more attention to trackers, and block them:

In addition to invading your privacy, these tracking requests can consume large amounts of data. And transferring lots of data takes time. Generally, the more tracking requests on a website, the slower that website loads. That's why DNT+ gets you surfing at 125% of the normal speed and with 90% of the bandwidth, compared to a browser without DNT+ running.

Equipped with this insight, an inquisitive Facebook user might be wondering why they wouldn't block all trackers and cookies alike. With a slightly harsh tone, the Facebook page cautions:

Technologies like cookies, pixel tags ("pixels"), and local storage are used to deliver, secure, and understand products, services, and ads, on and off Facebook. Your browser or device may allow you to block these technologies, but you may not be able to use some features on Facebook if you block them.

There is certainly truth to this statement, not all cookies are used for tracking. Many are simply placed in order to store information for later use. But it is the broader scope of "requests" that present the larger issue. In simple terms, Downey explained that when you navigate to a website, your browser constructs that site by communicating back and forth with the server where the site information is stored. These communications are the “requests.”

But it isn't just the website you are visiting that makes requests for information: online trackers from other companies hidden on the site do it, too. They act as third parties on your computer: you can't see them without privacy software, you probably wouldn't expect them to be present, and you probably don't intend to share your information with them.

They request information like your geographic location, which other sites you’ve visited, what you click, and your Facebook username.

In terms of what the "requests" represent, Facebook noted that they could not comment because the requests do not mean a whole lot unless you can see exactly what they are and how they are used. Facebook's entire site is run off of JavaScript and other such tags that have an array of purposes.

So, we set out to see just how much Facebook is watching our internet browsing activity. Using the Abine software, we tracked to what extent Facebook trackers increased for each new click. We started by cleaning out the browser cache and search history, and then went about using the browser like it was the start of a typical work day ...

56 comments for "This Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet Activity"

 5 years ago '12        #2
Boo The Fool 12 heat pts12
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why n*ggas so paranoid about being tracked. it's not like you looking up suspicious sh*t, is you?




 5 years ago '07        #3
TWINSFAN 37 heat pts37
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thanks, using dns+ now
 5 years ago '12        #4
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facebook knows a little too much. must flee
 5 years ago '12        #5
Steelo Green 46 heat pts46
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I don't even fu*k with Facebook anymore. Facebook ain't sh*t but hoodrat b*tches, dumb broads, fraudulent a.ss n*ggaz, and pictures of babies with down syndrome talmbout "Like if this is the prettiest girl you've ever seen". They can get the fu*k outta here and eat a d*ck with that bullsh*t. Fu*k Facebook.






























































Or maybe that's just around my way. My hood fallin off
 5 years ago '11        #6
Backflipz 84 heat pts84
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Adblock >>>
 5 years ago '05        #7
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fu*k that wack sh*t
 5 years ago '05        #8
BronxBombers 195 heat pts195
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I Dont Have FaceBook Thou
 5 years ago '12        #9
GoldRush 63 heat pts63
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gonna try this out



*edit

nvm only works for 32 bit internet


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 5 years ago '12        #10
OrangeSoda 98 heat pts98
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facebook schemin
 5 years ago '06        #11
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 Boo The Fool said:
why n*ggas so paranoid about being tracked. it's not like you looking up suspicious sh*t, is you?




Exactly what I always say. Same with why you won't allow apps to know your location on iPhone... Who cares??
 5 years ago '08        #12
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 Boo The Fool said:
why n*ggas so paranoid about being tracked. it's not like you looking up suspicious sh*t, is you?





 5 years ago '08        #13
Dee Grande 1269 heat pts1269
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wish i never signed up


sh*t was off the hook tho, back when u needed a college email to join, and everything revolved around your campus. first week of school, running a search for all the single freshman girls in the dorms >>>>> _________


then they let high schoolers in. then all hell broke loose when they let everybody on when your grandma is tryna add you, it's time to hang it up
 5 years ago '09        #14
TriniSoldier 64 heat pts64
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Boxden does the same thing, and I know y'all n*ggas aint going anywhere
 5 years ago '12        #15
Boo The Fool 12 heat pts12
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 TriniSoldier said:
Boxden does the same thing, and I know y'all n*ggas aint going anywhere
helll no i ain't leaving boxden anytime soon.

ronnie can track me all day son
 09-10-2012, 05:55 AM         #16
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 Bronxbombers said:
I Dont Have FaceBook Thou
then why did you come into the thread and post you fu*kin f*ggot!?
 5 years ago '11        #17
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 TriniSoldier said:
Boxden does the same thing, and I know y'all n*ggas aint going anywhere
Dang it does? Oh well I don't incriminate my self online
 5 years ago '08        #18
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 5 years ago '10        #19
Danation 4 heat pts
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just installed this. came back on boxden and got 3 notifications for tracking on bx. smh
 5 years ago '04        #20
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 Dee Grande said:
wish i never signed up


sh*t was off the hook tho, back when u needed a college email to join, and everything revolved around your campus. first week of school, running a search for all the single freshman girls in the dorms >>>>> _________


then they let high schoolers in. then all hell broke loose when they let everybody on when your grandma is tryna add you, it's time to hang it up
i m still on fb and i m pretty sure i will stay there

i use it to stay in touch with people i ve been to school or have worked with ...i really doesnt make no sense to use it for bi*ches
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