What's far more concerning, and what this probe doesn't appear to address, is what Facebook does with the information of non-users.
Let's have empathy for people outside the tech bubble and realize that it's our duty as technical people to educate people around us about these issues.
Then I told her about what they actually do with the pixel and like buttons and she was flabbergasted. "You mean they can see what I read even if I don't press the like button?"
Not sure I convinced her to delete the account though as all her friends are there.
I'll give a more recent example: I meet 20-somethings at a meetup I go to each week. Most of them go to a pretty well-known university (thus, they are well educated), they ask me if they can connect with me via Facebook. I say I don't use Facebook, and then spend an extra 20 minutes explaining all the reasons why often to their astonishment. In my mind I'm like, "Really? How do you not know all of this? You read tons of magazines/journals?"
The sad reality is that billions of people don't care. Even with this whole scandal, I'd be shocked if Facebook's stock price was hurt in the long term.
Adblock detectors that function in the same vein as "FuckAdblock" look at if the client blocked a Facebook pixel.
Or are the websites providing identifying information like email? (I've never heard of this but I'm not well-versed here).
But who, exactly, is the individual? Well, that comes later. Maybe your blocker fails to block something that is gathering that data plus your identity. Now, all of that activity (that was previously not tied to an individual) can now be safely linked to you, the individual.
Also, thanks for sharing that EFF link, I really like the breakdown of how much entropy they can get from each fingerprint dimension.
Yea, so "laughable" that people are not constantly paranoid and super informed about how the information industry works. /s
It's not people's fault that facebook is abusing their data. That's some sociopathic logic.