Google bypassed Apple privacy settings: report

It's a tense time for Google: controversial policy and user-experience changes are combining with a growing distrust of tracking and advertising to produce something of a toxic atmosphere. Not the moment, then, you would want a minor scandal to erupt in the form of Google circumventing, intentionally or unintentionally, the privacy settings of millions of Safari users. The allegations have their source in a report by Stanford grad student Jonathan Mayer, who showed that using Safari triggered a special behavior in the normal cookie-creation process; his report was later played up by the Wall Street Journal. This behavior deliberately goes around the default Safari behavior of blocking all third-party cookies — like one from Google when you're visiting TechCrunch. Google says it's a side-effect from something else, but even if that's true, it's still ugly.

Google bypassed Apple privacy settings: report

Google and other online advertisers bypassed the privacy settings of an Apple web browser on iPhones and computers in order to survey millions of users, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Fri 17 Feb 12 from Phys.org

Google is bypassing the privacy settings of Internet Explorer, claims Microsoft

Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Internet Explorer, accused Google of the practice in a blog post yesterday.

Tue 21 Feb 12 from Daily Mail

Google tricks Internet Explorer, foils privacy settings, Microsoft says

Google has secretly been bypassing privacy settings in Internet Explorer, Microsoft claimed Monday -- mere days after a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that the advertising giant ...

Mon 20 Feb 12 from FOXNews

Google owns up to tracking Safari users

Mon 20 Feb 12 from Ubergizmo

iPhone tracking: Is Google breaking its privacy pledge?

iPhone privacy feature was circumvented to allow Google to track what iPhone users were doing, privacy researcher says. Google settled another privacy case in October.

Sun 19 Feb 12 from The Christian Science Monitor

Safari no-tracking mechanism by-passed

For the second time in recent weeks federal lawmakers ask FTC to enforce court order prohibiting privacy misrepresentations.

Fri 17 Feb 12 from USA today

Google Under Fire For Circumventing Safari Privacy Setting

It's a tense time for Google: controversial policy and user-experience changes are combining with a growing distrust of tracking and advertising to produce something of a toxic atmosphere. Not ...

Fri 17 Feb 12 from TechCrunch

Google cookies 'bypassed Safari'

Newspaper reports say Google bypassed privacy protections on the Safari web browser.

Fri 17 Feb 12 from BBC Technology

Google accused of bypassing Safari privacy settings to track users

Google has been actively circumventing the privacy settings of desktop and iOS Safari users, according to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal. The paper claims that even though Safari’s ...

Fri 17 Feb 12 from Techspot

Google exploits Safari bug to plant cookies, says it’s “known functionality”

The applications you use on a daily basis have user preferences for a reason: to give you control over how they behave. Unfortunately, not everyone has the scruples to respect your settings. ...

Fri 17 Feb 12 from Geek.com

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