President Michel Aoun speaks at the Lebanese Diaspora Energy Conference 2017 in Beirut, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (The Daily Star/Ahmad Azakir)
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Lebanon's first parliamentary elections in nearly a decade are fast approaching, and participating in them will be 92,810 people newly registered to vote after the electoral law passed last year allowed overseas voters to take part for the first time.After registering through the Lebanese Diaspora Vote website, these nearly 100,000 new voters will be able to cast their ballots from April 22 to April 28, 2018 . It has become common practice for websites to show a popup when users first arrive informing them of what information is collected.The cookies on LDV – small pieces of code that sit at the back of websites, collecting information about the sites' visitors – belonged to Google-owned company DoubleClick and Facebook using its "Pixel," which acts similarly to a cookie.The Facebook Pixel is slightly different, as it both tracks the user and automatically connects them to the Facebook profile attached to the user's computer.Both Facebook and DoubleClick have access to significant quantities of the user's information via cookies – not to mention that the information would also be passed on to the Interior Ministry before the elections.
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