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New patent (22 Sept)

Not stalking, just better biz logging



7:13 am on Oct 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Facebook has rebuffed claims that a patent it was recently granted describes the ability to track logged-out users.

A company spokeswoman told The Register that the “Communicating Information in a Social Network System about Activities from Another Domain” patent, which was granted by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on 22 September, was about "creating a social experience".

She said it wasn't intended to track users as claimed by various bloggers over the weekend, adding: "That is my understanding, anyway."

Facebook pointed at section 0099 in the patent document, in an effort to assure us that it wasn't tracking anyone not logged into the network.


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