Privacy is dead: Facebook’s new patent application

Facebook’s new patent application is quite something, in light of its most recent controversy. The application provides:

A method for tracking information about the activities of users of a social networking system while on another domain, the method comprising: maintaining a profile for each of one or more users of the social networking system, each profile identifying a connection to one or more other users of the social networking system and including information about the user; receiving one or more communications from a third-party website having a different domain than the social network system, each message communicating an action taken by a user of the social networking system on the third-party website; logging the actions taken on the third-party website in the social networking system, each logged action including information about the action; and correlating the logged actions with one or more advertisements presented to the one or more users.

This is more or less irreconcilable with the recent statement of Facebook employee Gregg Stefancik that, “Generally, unlike other major Internet companies, we have no interest in tracking people.” (See top comment here.)  More comments and discussion on techie site Slashdot, here.

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About Guy N. Texas

Guy N. Texas is the pen name of a lawyer living in Dallas, who is now a liberal. He was once conservative, but this word has so morphed in meaning that he can no longer call himself that in good conscience. Guy has no political aspirations. He speaks only for himself.
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One Response to Privacy is dead: Facebook’s new patent application

  1. hortonw says:

    How long before someone patents some software to block Facebook’s software?

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