Reports Law360 last week: "Facebook Unlawfully Tracking All Visitors, Report Says." The report in question was prepared by the Interdisciplinary Center for Law and ICT at the University of Leuven in Belgium, and it accuses the social networking behemoth of violating EU privacy law by tracking the activities of individuals who are not users of Facebook but merely visitors to any site belonging to the facebook.com domain. As Law360 explains:
According to the report, the site places a cookie on nonusers' devices that contains a unique identifier and has an expiration date of two years, and uses a “range of additional cookies” for visitors who are already users of the site. . . .
The cookies deliver to the company a wealth of information about users' activities, such as the URL of webpages they have visited and information about the browser and operating system, the report added.
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For non-subscription coverage, the Guardian also has the story.