Well, it was inevitable.
And with all of the hullalaboo over the new Facebook layout, I assume these two congress critters thought this was the perfect time to pounce on Facebook. More “man on a white horse to save the day” type of stuff. We have seen this movie too many times already.
From The Hill:
Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) called for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook’s practice of tracking users even after they log out of its site Wednesday.
Facebook admitted this week that it collects data when users visit websites that feature its “Like” button, even when the users have logged out of their Facebook accounts. A Facebook spokesman said the data collection is inadvertent, and the company does not use or store the information.
“When users log out of Facebook, they are under the expectation that Facebook is no longer monitoring their activities,” the lawmakers wrote in their letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “We believe this impression should be the reality. Facebook users should not be tracked without their permission.”
As is always the case when the government and especially clueless congress critters get involved in things of which they have no idea about (which is just about everything), they shoot the horse and then burn the wagon.
Sites tracking you after you have left their domains is nothing new and has been going since the earliest days of the web. They are called cookies. Advertising networks and corporations have been using them for a good 16 years and that will not change any time soon. You wonder why you get certain ads that relate to your interests on website sidebars or as popups? It is because any retail site worth it’s salt will install a cookie (or more) on your PC whenever you visit them. While annoying in a lot of cases, it easy to remedy and does not requite a government agency in order to help you do so.
Of course, playing “hero” is always so easy when you have a no-account job, the largesse of the federal government on your side and claim to be pulling such ridiculous stunts “for the people”. When of course, we all known that they want to collect as much of your personal as they can from Facebook, under the guise of one of the greatest Marxist Cloak Phrases, “consumer protection”. I suppose ObamaCare and it’s GE software does not go far enough when it comes to collecting such data.
In no way am I am defending Facebook, as they have shown themselves to be partisan hacks for the Left, whose security procedures are akin to those of the TSA and who always claim that the customer is wrong. However, bringing in the federal government to monitor how they track their users is akin to teaching abstinence to the OctoMom.