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Facebook told CNNMoney late Monday that it does not have "shadow profiles". Facebook Social Plugins such as Like and Share buttons are used by third-party apps and websites to make the site appear more social and also help share the website's content on the Facebook.

"Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to help people share things on their services. And Amazon, Google and Twitter all offer login features", Baser wrote in in the blog post.

Baser also admits that Facebook collects other crucial details also such as your system's IP address, the software that your computer uses, the type of browser you use to access the internet, and more.

When you visit a website, the browser you use sends a request to the site's server. If someone disagrees with Facebook's or other social media sites' long "user terms and conditions" section when signing up, that person can't use the service. In most cases that means using data to try and get you to click more adverts. "We were exploring multiple options for people to manage and monetize their personal data, including blockchain technology". CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress where he was tasked with responding to over 500 questions about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, data privacy among other topics.

Facebook had also launched a "Data Abuse Bounty" programme to reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers. As well, users can opt to have their News Feeds display content chronologically instead of in the order of what Facebook predicts they might be most interested in. "We're not collecting any information verbally", and "don't have anything that's trying to listen to what's going on in the background".

The CA data breach came to light when the company's former director of research Christopher Wylie took charge and went into Edward Snowden-mode to break the news.

Think your friends would be interested? For with AI being imminent and, advances in big data analysis, tomorrow's applications may be even more worrisome regarding unwanted surveillance than they are today.

The way in which Facebook gets and tracks non-user data is primarily through online advertising.

The European Union has the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a law that requires that users must be able to exercise certain new rights, including: 1) the right to view all data that a company holds about them, 2) the right to demand that the company restrict the usage of or delete that data. To limit the data Facebook can collect, follow CNBC's guide.

Read that carefully. Facebook confirms that they treat you much like any member that has provided permission to be tracked. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's appearance before Congress was two days of what is sometimes called political theater: gestures and actions created to give people the feeling that something is being done about a problem without actually doing anything about it.