Facebook’s reassurances about its privacy policies don’t seem to have calmed people’s fears of the internet giant – as users flock to shield their browsing histories from its all-seeing eye.

Facebook openly admits to tracking your use of other websites while you are logged in to the site.

But the site’s attempts to reassure people that its use of their web browsing information is innocent don’t seem to have had the desired effect.

Facebook Disconnect – a browser extension which prevents Facebook ‘seeing’ which other sites you visit online – has been downloaded 152,000 times.

The software works in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. It automatically blocks web traffic between other sites and Facebook, so the social network can no longer ‘look at’ your browsing history.

‘Facebook is notified whenever you visit one of the more than one million sites on the web that use Facebook Connect and has a history of leaking personally identifiable information to third parties,’ says the official Facebook Disconnect page. ‘Turn off the flow of your data to them!’

Privacy advocates have voiced concerns that the information could be used for ‘targeted advertising’ in worrying ways.

Unless you take steps yourself, the social network watches most websites you visit while logged in.

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