website spies on me??

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by andiwm2003, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

    andiwm2003

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    ok, I have a facebook account that I almost never use.

    when I open Rotten Tomatoes.com it automatically identifies me using my facebook picture and name. the say they work together with facebook.

    the thing is I never told facebook that I use rottentomatores.com nor did I tell rottentomatoes about me or my facebook account.

    it seems that rottentomatoes accesses some cookie and identifies me.

    not a big deal in principle but it sucks. how is that legal?

    or did I at some point make this connection by mistake?

    Can anybody explain this and point me to a method to block websites from finding out my facebook ID?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's probably in facebook's ToS. You know, that long document you "read" and checked the box when you signed up.
     
  3. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    If you are using a Mac, go to Preferences, Security, Accept Cookies, and make the selection that is in your best interest.

    And clear any cookies that you do not like, from the same menu.
     
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

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    There are privacy setting in your browser to prevent sites from accessing 3rd party cookies.

    Chances are you linked them up sometime ago though.
     
  5. arogge macrumors 65816

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    It's probably another Website that uses Facebook for user identification. It's the Sign In With Facebook silliness. If you are using a browser for general browsing that is also the one that you use for Facebook, you may notice that the Facebook API is being used on many sites.
     
  6. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    Sadly, this is what Facebook does.
    It`s a poorly disguised data-mining and advertising operation masquerading as a social network.
     
  7. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    This is reason #683 that I'm glad I don't have a Facebook account.

    I'm semi-active at a popular travel review website, and its preferred login is via Facebook as well. Every time I submit a review, it invites-- no, implores-- me to share my review via Facebook. At this point, I'm surprised the site still allows me to use it Facebook-free; if it ever stopped that and went Facebook-only, I'd abandon my account there.
     
  8. andiwm2003 thread starter macrumors 601

    andiwm2003

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    thanks all for the input.

    Rodimus Prime I couldn't find the privacy setting that you suggest in Safari. Can you point me to it?

    Thanks
     
  9. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    I use the Ghostery add-on for Firefox. I block ALL trackers, visible and invisible. (It's blocking 5 trackers on this page right now.) Ad Blocker and Ghostery, I don't browse without them. I don't know if it'll help with Facebook, since I don't subscribe to data mining services.
     
  10. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    It's under Preferences.

    Dale
     

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