V3.co.uk reports that the UK Information Commissioner is investigating complaints that the National Health Service is sharing data about its site’s visitors with third parties.
Specifically, Facebook tracks the date and time of a visit, the web page browsed and technical information about the IP address, browser and operating system.
The ID number of those logged into Facebook at the time of their visit to the NHS site will also be associated with any information collected about them. […]
Mischa Tuffield, a developer at online privacy firm Garlik, argued that user privacy on the NHS Choices site is at risk and that the policy is misleading.
“In relation to the NHS stating that pages with the Like button [are the only ones sharing information] with Facebook, this is also not true,” he said in a blog post.
“I see no Like button on this page. But according to Firebug, there is still an HTTP request made to Facebook from my browser.” […]
In a statement, the Department of Health sought to distance itself from the allegations, maintaining that NHS Choices privacy policies are in line with the Data Protection Act.