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Facebook admits it tracks users' mouse movement as well as 'online and offline actions'

Facebook in a 225-page document admitted that it collects information from and about computers, phones and connected devices which even includes mouse and various other services.

Written by: India TV Tech Desk, New York [ Published on: June 13, 2018 16:15 IST ]

Facebook has admitted that it tracks the users on how they move on the screen.

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Facebook has admitted that it tracks the users on how they move on the screen and what they do.

According to a report in BGR, Facebook in a 225-page document, submitted to the US Congress admitted that it records users' mouse movements to make sure he/she is a human. It also gathers details about all the other devices around you.

What is most worrying is that the Facebook also collects data about your “online and offline actions”, the report added.

Facebook collects information from and about computers, phones and connected devices which even includes mouse and various other services and later it combines the information to give users a personalised content. The social media giant said that it tracks mouse movements to differentiate between humans and bots. 

"We collect information from and about the computers, phones, connected TVs and other web-connected devices users use that integrate with our Products, and we combine this information across different devices users use," Facebook wrote in the document adding that the collected information is used to "give better personalize the content (including ads), to measure whether they took an action in response to an ad we showed them on their phone."

Facebook also confirmed that it collects information about operating systems, hardware, software versions, battery levels, signal strength and even available storage space. It also admitted that it collects users’ reported gender, and about ads that the user has ever clicked.

The document has shed light on the extent of data scrutiny that Facebook users are subjected to and shows the methods which are used by the company. Although, Zuckerberg has not admitted to recording audio scraps but considering the recent information it has revealed, the company seems to be one step short of admitting the same.

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