BeaconGate:Send-Receive Question Almost Answered

After I questioned if Facebook was continuing to receive information transmitted from partner sites (even if it wasn’t published), a researcher at Computer Associates came up with proof that indeed was the case. Facebook got in touch with the CA folks, and had this to say:

“When a Facebook user takes a Beacon-enabled action on a participating site, information is sent to Facebook in order for Facebook to operate Beacon technologically. If a Facebook user clicks “No, thanks” on the partner site notification, Facebook does not use the data and deletes it from its servers. Separately, before Facebook can determine whether the user is logged in, some data may be transferred from the participating site to Facebook. In those cases, Facebook does not associate the information with any individual user account, and deletes the data as well.”

This seems like a non-denial denial, but lets just assume they are doing the right thing – they have had a rough weekend. After all they were denied their request to take down some confidential documents that were made available on the 01238 magazine website as part of an article called, Poking Facebook.