When a blaring headline on AOL’s news site trumpeted the revelation—from a former Facebook employee—that the social networking site was retaining all the data and tracking the online actions of subscribers, I guess we were supposed to be surprised.

When the same piece also revealed that Facebook employees could access all that information with a special passkey-style access code, it seems we should have been shocked. I have to admit, however, that while I found the news interesting, I was not at all incredulous. Facebook seems to have issued some kind of denial (although which part is being denied is not clear), but I really wonder why they bothered.

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