Samual Gibbs reports in the Guardian that Facebook has admitted that it has tracked users who do not have an account with the social network, but this only happened because of a software bug that is being fixed.
Facebook was responding to a report commissioned by the Belgian data protection authority, which found Facebook in breach of European data protection laws. In a press release called “Setting the Record Straight on a Belgian Academic Report” (which can be found Here) Facebook claims that:
“The report gets it wrong multiple times in asserting how Facebook uses information to provide our service to more than a billion people around the world.”
Facebook has come under increasing pressure recently about how it uses data and its privacy policies, with the European Commission saying EU citizens should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, as the current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data.