Facebook admits logging websites its users visit

Facebook admits logging websites its users visit

Social media websites have routinely been criticized for having inferior privacy policies, and Facebook recently admitted to documenting the web pages its users visit, even when they're not logged in.

According to a recent USA Today report, Facebook engineering director Arturo Bejar, said the popular social network has tracked and logged the websites each of its 800 million users has visited during the past three months. Facebook uses cookie technology to track not only its members, but also any internet user who visits a Facebook page.

Most websites track user information to better distribute advertisements, but some people believe the personal information can potentially be sold to third parties, the report said.

"Facebook could be tracking users without knowledge or permission, which could be an unfair or deceptive business practice," says U.S. Representative Ed Markey, co-sponsor of a bill designed to restrict online tracking of children, told USA Today.

According to a recent survey by Barracuda Labs, 51 percent of Facebook users are dissatisfied with the social network's privacy controls, while 40 percent of users feel unsafe. Meanwhile, 92 percent of social media users said security is an important factor when choosing a social network.