Does use the Facebook and Twitter social widgets?
Last modified on 04 February 2017 03:19 AM

Popular, pervasive and, unfortunately, anything but private, Facebook and Twitter aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

Among the social media giants’ questionable privacy practices is their social media widget, found on a vast number of popular sites across the world.  As documented in the Wall Street Journal and other outlets, through these widgets Facebook and Twitter have the ability to collect what users read on these sites. Indeed, any user who has logged in to Facebook or Twitter within a month of visiting a site with the social widget enabled will have their browsing history stored.  Worse, you don’t even have to click “Like” or “Tweet” for this to work! Although Twitter and Facebook claim that they anonymize and delete this data, it is nonetheless a privacy risk.

You may have noticed on Ixquick that it appears that we, too, use Facebook and Twitter social widgets.  We do and we don’t:

On certain Ixquick pages you will find what appear to be Facebook and Social icons giving you an easy way to connect with us on those sites. But we actually show you our own version of the social media widgets first and block the social widgetes that act as spies.

Only by clicking the first button will Ixquick enable the original social widget on your behalf, handing you back your privacy in this increasingly common issue.  This is just another way we help protect your privacy. We've got your back covered and put you back in control of your own privacy.

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