>> Tempted to join the #deletefacebook movement? You should know, deleting the social network doesn't necessarily get rid of your data. A recent study of 200,000 Germans by secure browsing firm Cliqz, shows that Facebook tracks nearly 30% of all global website traffic, and it's not even the champion of web monitoring that's Google which in various guises shadow 64% of all web browsing worldwide.
Reuters global tech editor Jonathan Weber.>> If you are a user of any of the mainstream internet services they're all collecting all kinds of data. And that data kinda cross populates, cross fertilizes in different kinds of ways, so even if you were to quit Facebook today, the data that's been collected over time on Facebook has probably filtered its way out to other people over time as well.
>> Neither Facebook or Google responded to emails asking if they thought the research was representative. A larger study of web trackers by Princeton University researchers in 2016 yielded similar results. American Internet companies are grappling with the latest Facebook data scandal involving a political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica that gained access to data of 50 million Facebook users and used it to help Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for mishandling the incident. But US lawmakers are now calling him to testify and pushing for more regulation of Internet companies. Europe has long been calling for stricter data privacy rules and big change is on the way.>> Europe has new privacy law that comes into effect in May.
Referred to often as GDPR for the general data protection regulation. And that imposes a much more stringent requirements on companies to inform people about what they're doing with their data. To get their consent. The principle of it is to give people more control over their personal data.>> The only hitch, Facebook and Google are not planning to apply those new European policies outside of Europe.
So consumers looking for privacy on the web may have to turn to smaller browsers that don't scrape your data or use anti-tracking software to hide.