Like many people these days, I hardly know what to do with myself without Facebook. It's my window into the lives of all my friends -- the place I can keep up with their job promotions and kids' plays, find their links to important and thought-provoking articles and find out what they are recommending I look at online.
Unfortunately, Facebook is keeping track of what we all look at online, too. From the day you sign-up for Facebook, the social networking site installs browser and session cookies on your computer to see where you surf on the Internet. Any time you land on a page that has a Facebook "like" button or other Facebook application, that information is sent back to Facebook.
The system is detailed today in this USA Today story.
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