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Facebook May Even Be Tracking Users Who've Canceled Their Accounts!

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"Listen, and understand. Facebook is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are commodified and sold."
-- Kyle Reese, in a deleted scene from The Social Network.

It's no secret that Facebook's privacy policies are wholly lax and subject to wiggle room. Names, contact information, browsing habits, and private purchases have been logged and shared -- even when users have logged out of their accounts. But a new report from the Hamburg Data Protection agency -- a privacy watchdog group within Germany -- has uncovered a new level of privacy-invading depravity that Facebook has sunk to.

The social network is allegedly tracking users even after they've canceled their accounts!

For up to two years!!!

According to Bloomberg, the agency found that cookies installed and stored on a user's computer continue to track web activity even if their account is closed. Facebook counters that it "deletes account-specific cookies when a user leaves Facebook" and any cookies are for security and personalizing content.

But Johannes Caspar, a representative for the Hamburg Data Protection agency, isn't buying it.

"Arguments that all users have to remain recognizable after they leave Facebook to guarantee the service's security can't stand up," Caspar writes. "The probe raises the suspicion that Facebook is creating user tracking profiles," which is illegal if the users aren't informed.

Although the agency reported that Facebook is willing to discuss the matter further if necessary, for a company so large, so encompassing, so intrusive, so powerful, any previous allegations of privacy invasions hasn't significantly curbed its massive growth.

Why should it stop now?

(See also: Google Engineer Calls Google+ a Complete Failure and Former Google Exec Slams Company's Redesign)

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