Facebook Tracking: Senate To Hold hearing And Under Federal Investigation

In a series of interviews with USAToday, Facebook has finally revealed how it tracks users and non-users across the web, gathering huge amount of data as it does so. Senator Jay Rockefeller wants to hold a hearing to understand how Facebook uses cookies.

The company has been accused multiple times for tracking users even after they log out of the service. While potentially a useful shortcut for developers, this update also appears to fall in line with broader language updates Facebook has been making.

Facebook tracking triggers another round of criticism for the social network. This time, the FTC is offering the company a settlement over a legal complaint, while a Senate committee starts to ask.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, announced Wednesday that he will be holding a hearing to investigate how Facebook tracks users online even after they've logged out, reported the L.A. Times.

Many Facebook denizens will remember this part of the story: in the process of rolling out an update that year, Facebook made a number of changes to its privacy settings. Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt, engineering director Arturo Bejar, engineering manager Gregg Stefancik, corporate spokeswoman Jaime Schopflin, and Noyes have now revealed the extent of the company’s tracking.

The FTC first began investigating Facebook back in December 2009, after the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a consumer advocacy group, complained that Facebook had harmed its users by changing privacy settings in a way that encouraged them to reveal their names, photos, gender, and other personal information. Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said today he would hold a hearing to look into reports that Facebook is using cookies to track users even after they log out of the service.

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