Data breach: Facebook accepts it collects data beyond users’ social network use

San Francisco: Facebook on Tuesday confirmed that it also collected information from people beyond their social network use. In recent past, Facebook got involved in scandal over the mishandling of user data.

While arguing his side during a hearing in Congress last week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had explained that Facebook collects data beyond what users share on their profiles.

Product management director David Baser said in a post on Facebook’s blog, “When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you’re logged out or don’t have a Facebook account.”

Baser explained further that this is because other apps and sites don’t know who is using Facebook. He also pointed out that Facebook was also following up with Congress on a few dozen questions Zuckerberg was unable to answer at the time of the hearings. Baser said “many” websites and apps use Facebook services to target content and ads, including via the social network’s Like and Share buttons, when people use their Facebook account to log into another website or app and Facebook ads and measurement tools.