Facebook to fix privacy leak within “24 hours”
27/09/2011 | Robert Wright
Facebook is due to fix 3 cookie issues within the next 24 hours following revelations yesterday that users were being tracked by the site even when logging out. In reaction to this and other recent privacy issues Facebook has urged its users to continue to trust the company while it works hard to fix this new issue.
The social networking Goliath first came under fire yesterday following the wide reporting of a blogpost by security consultant Nik Cubrilovic who demonstrated how Facebook continues to monitor its users even when they are logged out of the service. In the blogpost Mr Cubrilovic expressed clear concern at this latest privacy problem stating that:
“Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit,” “The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions.”
Quickly reacting to the story Facebook contacted Cubrilovic who had a 40 minute conversation about the issue with senior engineers at the company, they promised to fix the issue within the next 24 hours.
Discussing the lengthy conversation he had with Facebook in The Australian, Cubrilovic revealed that:
“They aim to fix it (the logout issue) by tomorrow,”
“There will still be cookies, but they won’t be identifiable. That’s within 24 hours.” He then tellingly added:
“We can only take them at their word.”
In other Facebook news, social media blog Mashable has revealed that they expect Facebook to demonstrate a dedicated iPad application at the next Apple Event which is due to take place on the 4th October where Apple is widely expected to reveal the new iPhone 5.
The move to announce the launch of this app at the event is interesting in light of Apple already stating that Twitter will be integrated natively into their new mobile operating system iOS 5; it is believed that the once frosty relationship between Apple and Facebook is beginning to melt as they both now share the crucial goal of beating Google.
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