W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > public-privacy@w3.org > October to December 2010

NHS website letting facebook track people's illnesses

From: Mischa Tuffield <mischa.tuffield@garlik.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:30:10 +0000
Message-Id: <29D419E1-0508-4918-BF85-A7FB6FC47F77@garlik.com>
To: public-privacy@w3.org
Hi All, 

Just a note to say that I feel that there should be more transparency on facebook's end to inform developers that the "social features" available to them via the "Like" button, is an ad tracking tool, I have written about my views on this [1] in the past. 

The reason I am bring this up again, is because today I noticed that the nhs.uk website, has facebook like buttons on their pages for illness (e.g. [2]) , and I feel this is a massive breach of privacy. It is one this for rottentomatoes to host this ad tracking feature, and it is something completely different for the UK's national health service to do so. 

I have tried to find the chief privacy officer for the NHS to no avail, and am currently in the process of making an official complaint, sending a Freedom Of Information request to the NHS asking them for minutes of the meetings when this discussion was made, as well putting together a more detailed blog post stating where your information gets leaked to, when you use the nhs website. 

Just thought I would let you guys know, and would ask what your opinions are to me doing this?


[1] http://mmt.me.uk/blog/2010/07/30/the-facebook-like-button/
[2] http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/sexualhealth/pages/abortionyouroptions.aspx 
Mischa Tuffield PhD
Email: mischa.tuffield@garlik.com
Homepage - http://mmt.me.uk/
Garlik Limited, 1-3 Halford Road, Richmond, TW10 6AW
+44(0)845 652 2824  http://www.garlik.com/
Registered in England and Wales 535 7233 VAT # 849 0517 11
Registered office: Thames House, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AD

Received on Friday, 19 November 2010 12:30:49 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 6 January 2015 20:23:52 UTC