Facebook has all the photos you took at your girls’ weekend at the beach. That’s no surprise because you posted them to your profile page. But Facebook has ways to get even more information about your getaway.
The company isn’t just a social network. It’s antoo, and it follows you around on the internet and in real life to find information that’ll help it tailor the ads it serves up to you. Facebook can track the websites you visited as you planned the trip. It can gather customer information shared by partners, which might include the store where you bought your sunscreen. And Facebook has similar information about all the friends who went on the trip, and it knows you were all together because it has your location data.
Put together, that’s more revealing than any swimsuit photo.
Facebook tracks you so much that it sometimes feels like the company is eavesdropping on your conversations. In fact, many people think the social network is listening to them through the mic on their phone. Facebook has denied it does, but that hasn’t put an end to this persistent conspiracy theory. CNET conducted an informal test and didn’t find evidence suggesting.
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