Facebook has recently published its versus blog post questioning a recent Belgian Academic Report where they criticised the social networks privacy policies. The question you have to ask yourself is, “Will Facebook’s answers win you over?”
In the report by the independent Belgian Privacy Commission, a few rather interesting things were found, which made it near enough impossible for Facebook users to opt out of tracking as well as tracking those who do not even use the social network.
The report says that consumers have not been able to make their own minds up about their data due to the Facebook’s practices. The acknowledged issues could have implications for how the social networking site operates in the EU, but Facebook responds, which argues and questions the report.
One claim against Facebook reports users cannot opt out of social ads, but Facebook responds with a fact that you can opt out of having social actions paired with ads.
Another claim was about Facebook’s social plug-ins where they add cookies to browsers of users who do not even use the social network. But Facebook came back with its factual answer saying, “We don’t, and this is not our practice.” But, there was a bug found by researchers that could have sent cookies to ‘some people when they weren’t on Facebook.”
For more information please read the full Facebook vs Belgian Academic Report claims here.
Do you agree with Facebook or the report?