Facebook Makes your Purchases Public

Facebook Users Complain of New Tracking

Some users of the online hangout Facebook are complaining that its two-week-old marketing program is publicizing their purchases for friends to see.
Those users say they never noticed a small box that appears on a corner of their Web browsers following transactions at Fandango, Overstock and other online retailers. The box alerts users that information is about to be shared with Facebook unless they click on ?No Thanks.? It disappears after about 20 seconds, after which consent is assumed.
Users are given a second notice the next time they log on to Facebook, but they can easily miss it if they quickly click away to visit a friend?s page or check e-mail.
?People should be given much more of a notice, much more of an alert,? said Matthew Helfgott, 20, a college student who discovered his girlfriend just bought him black leather gloves from Overstock for Hanukkah. ?She said she had no idea (information would be shared). She said it invaded her privacy.?
The new program lets companies tap ongoing conversations by alerting users about friends? activities through the feeds. About 40 Web sites have decided to embed a free tool from Facebook, known as a Beacon, to enable the marketing feeds.
The idea is that if users see a friend buy or do something, they?d take that action as an endorsement for a movie, a band or a soft drink. But it also raises privacy concerns.
Users are able to decline sharing on a site-by-site basis, but can?t withdraw from the program entirely.Liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org formed a protest group Tuesday and had more than 6,000 members by Wednesday. The group is calling on Facebook to stop revealing online purchases and letting companies use names for endorsements without ?explicit permission.?
Facebook user Nate Weiner, 23, said he uses a tool for the Firefox Web browser called BlockSite, which he says prevents sites from sending data to Facebook.
?What if you bought a book on Amazon called ?Coping with AIDS? and that got published to every single one of your friends?? he said.

source: techluver.com

asked by cohen in Cycling | 3424 views | 11-26-2007 at 03:18 PM

just 20 seconds?

answered by max | 11-26-2007 at 04:52 PM

facebook just keep on making it look worst and worst and the media is all over their ad system
its not that bad, most people don't care about it

answered by Midsummer | 11-26-2007 at 05:24 PM

what are you doing facebook?

answered by Mimz | 11-26-2007 at 07:30 PM

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