Considering all the recent discussions at Tidechange.ca meetings as we get ready to launch an updated version of the site, I found this post on BetaNews catching my interest. Specifically the second to last line in italics…

“Dave Winer wrote a timely piece yesterday morning about how Facebook is scaring him since the new API allows applications to post status items to your Facebook timeline without a user’s intervention. It is an extension of Facebook Instant and they call it frictionless sharing. The privacy concern here is that because you no longer have to explicitly opt-in to share an item, you may accidentally share a page or an event that you did not intend others to see.

The advice is to log out of Facebook. But logging out of Facebook only de-authorizes your browser from the web application, a number of cookies (including your account number) are still sent along to all requests to facebook.com.

Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit.

The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions.”

Read the full article by  on BetaNews.com. Make sure to also read the follow-up article to get a bit of the bigger picture…

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