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Facebook confirms it collects data beyond users

AFP  |  San Francisco 

Facebook, embattled in a scandal over the mishandling of user data, confirmed today that it also collected information from people beyond their use.

During heated hearings in last week, had already explained that collects data beyond what users share on their profiles.

"When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you're logged out or don't have a account," said in a post on the social network's blog.

"This is because other apps and sites don't know who is using Facebook," he added, noting was also following up with on a few dozen questions Zuckerberg was unable to answer at the time of the hearings.

Baser said "many" websites and apps use services to target content and ads, including via the social network's Like and Share buttons, when people use their account to log into another website or app and ads and

But he stressed the practice was widespread, with companies such as and also doing the same. "Most websites and apps send the same information to multiple companies each time you visit them," the post said.

"There are three main ways in which uses the information we get from other websites and apps: providing our services to these sites or apps; improving safety and security on Facebook; and enhancing our own products and services.

"I want to be clear: We don't sell people's data. Period." Zuckerberg says "failed" to protect people's information following the use by Cambridge Analytica of data scraped from 87 million users to target political ads ahead of the 2016 US

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 07:55 IST
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