29 Sep '11, 6pm

Facebook Fixes Cookie Issues as Lawmakers Urge FTC Privacy Probe

Facebook Fixes Cookie Issues as Lawmakers Urge FTC Privacy Probe

It was recently discovered that some Facebook cookies were left in-tact after logout. While the issue has since been resolved, select data is still tracked and recent Facebook patent information indicates that all logged-out tracking may be intentional. As a result, U.S. Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.) are pushing for the FTC to investigate Facebook, the Los Angeles Times reported. The cookie problems were discovered by "Australian-born serial entrepreneur, writer, and hacker" Nik Cubrilovic . Cubrilovic examined all of the Facebook cookies and reported the details of which cookies remained after a given user logs off. Of greatest note is the a_user cookie, which works as a personal identifier for the user that can afterward be examined by Facebook or third-party sites. Cubrilovic worked with a Facebook engineer and company PR to resolve the issue, and th...

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