And that’s the way the Cookie crumbles!
Google bypassed Apple's browser privacy settings
Google forgot about the privacy settings of Safari users and they installed cookies for tracking their web activity, even though the Safari users thought they had blocked them. Both iPhones and Mac computers were Google victims for planting embedded codes or cookies to track activity, as Safari browser blocks by default such tracking. You surely don’t want your browsing activity to be tracked widely across the Web.
It seems Google forgot to tell anyone that they found a way to exploit the Apple browser. Oops! In a statement, Google offered to the WSJ, they try to explain that this was just a misunderstanding: “The Journal mischaracterizes what happened and why. We used known Safari functionality to provide features that signed-in Google users had enabled. It's important to stress that these advertising cookies do not collect personal information.”
An Apple representative confirmed that they are working to put a stop on such tracking behaviour. So, lets hope it won't happen again ... until the next time!
Google breaks the consent agreement with the FTC
It's not the first time when Google violates a privacy setting, as we all remember last year when Google was investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for violating the privacy of a consent agreement for Safari users. Google excuse “We don't always get everything right” works every time. Will it work this time also?
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Do you consider Google's invasion as being something harmless? Have you ever thought that your browsing behaviour can be analyzed by Google?