Facebook points fingers Google, Amazon and Twitter for also harvesting user data

“Facebook wants users to know that it’s not the only one tracking their every move on the internet,” Annie Palmer reports for The Daily Mail. “The social media giant pointed a finger at Google, Amazon, Twitter and other platforms for using many of the same data collection practices that some privacy advocates are referring to as invasive.”

“Facebook has been feeling the heat ever since it was revealed last month that more than 87 million users’ data had been harvested without their knowledge,” Palmer reports. “Now, Facebook wants to make it clear that it’s not the only platform collecting data on its users as they browse other websites. ‘Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to help people share things on their services,’ David Baser, Facebook’s product management director, wrote in a blog post.”

“In recent weeks, Google has also been in focus as it’s been revealed that the firm often tracks every website you click on, your location, as well as every file you’ve uploaded to Google Drive — even if they’ve been deleted,” Palmer reports. “Facebook reiterated that it doesn’t sell the user data that it collects, but that hasn’t stopped many users, experts and privacy advocates from remaining skeptical. The blog post doesn’t note how long it stores that data for or how it uses the data it stores.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Pots and kettles.

The problem is two-fold: Facebook – and companies like Facebook that thrive on user data (Google, for one, if not the, prime example) and gullible users who piss their privacy and the privacy of their “friends” away willy-nilly while naively sending their DNA off to be analyzed by other companies.MacDailyNews, March 21, 2018


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Facebook has been collecting call history and SMS data from Android devices for years; Apple iOS devices unaffected – March 25, 2018
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Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg AWOL from Facebook’s damage control session – March 20, 2018
U.S. FTC reportedly probing Facebook’s abuse of personal data as UK summons Zuckerberg for questioning – March 20, 2018
The problem isn’t Cambridge Analytica: It’s Facebook – March 19, 2018
Apple: Privacy is a fundamental right – September 27, 2017

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. The difference between FB and the others is that the others data on you is accumulated from your interactions with their services. FB having your phone records seems way out of the normal interaction with their services.

    1. Google collects data sent via Google Mail. If you don’t have any dealings with Google, but somebody sends you an e-mail via their Google Mail account, Google will collect data on you without your consent or participation.

      Furthermore there are people and companies who use Google Mail, but the e-mail address displayed in their correspondence is their own domain, however it still goes through the Google system, harvesting other people’s data as it goes and without those people being aware that they are interacting with Google.

      1. Yes, that is true. And very limited as ‘orphan’ data only tied to an email address of which you as the hypothetical non-Google-Services user may have more than one. Extrapolating on the possibility of deeper knowledge of this hypothetical ‘you’ would probably require Google to have some kind of agreement with other companies and agencies to access their DBs to make any kind of cohesive and ‘saleable’ profile of ‘you’.

        You could say the type of ‘data’ collected simply by being a recipient of an email by a Gmail user is akin to being in a photo with that same user. Very hard to avoid and also very hard (possibly negative ROI) to ‘use’.

        1. You’re also overlooking the way that other people tag you in photographs and then Google collates and stores that data.

          The automatic face recognition software used by Google and Facebook is especially intrusive. By contrast, Apple’s face recognition doesn’t use central servers and is done within your device, which is why my iMac automatically names people, but my wife’s iPad doesn’t automatically identify those same people unless it is specifically trained to do so.

          With face or object recognition being performed by a central server, anybody that the server owner decides to share that information with can identify people who have never used or consented to be part of that service. Obviously the account holder is allowed to use that data, but we don’t know if advertisers are given data about people photographed in specific places, who have certain objects in their photographs, or are photographed sitting in certain models of cars. It’s all possible, but they’re not talking about it. We certainly don’t know if any such access is given to government departments. It’s very sinister.

          1. I am not aware of any Google service that tags you in photos or allows user to do so. Perhaps you are mixing up a FB feature with Google’s?

            To test your theory, I know I have been tagged in many photos in FB so tried a image search on Google with my name enclosed with double quotes to filter out as much as possible unrelated images. Out of a few hundred images I identified exactly 2 that were me or had me in the image neither of which were from FB. Perhaps Google doesn’t have the type of tagging information available from other sources as you believe. Try an image search for yourself in Google and let us know how many images contain an image of you.

  2. Now all hell breaking loose, if I down, I am going to bring you down with me. Fingers pointing starting, this is fun, sit back and relax enjoy the shows. 😀☔️👊

  3. Wow, the *chutzaph*. It’s true, but cry me a river, Zucker-baby. It changes nothing, you are slime and you yourself have made the case for treating you as such. Not with the hearing, but with your behavior and lunacy of the past 20 years. I know clowns like hom think they are chosen, I would’t *chose* him to take out my trash.

    1. Oh, Google has your name too.

      Still, the FB defense “everyone else is doing it” is just as weak a defense as when republican spendaholics blow holes in the federal budget. (This is a political site after all).

  4. If you get pulled over for speeding, we all know that there’s no point in trying to tell the officer that other people were driving just as fast as you. If you’ve made false tax declarations, saying that everybody else does it won’t get you off the hook.

    You’ve been caught and will have to face the consequences. They can still go after the others later, but at that moment, you’re the one in the hot seat.

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