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Google Exploited Loophole To Track Safari Users' Browsing Habits Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Google has made plenty of news lately over concerns with how they handle user privacy. 

Now it looks like they may have been circumventing privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser -- on computers and iOS devices alike -- in order to track users' web browsing habits for the purposes of advertising.

Is real privacy even possible on the internet anymore? What do you do to protect yourself from online snooping from advertisers and marketers? Let us know in the comments.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal Friday morning, Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer discovered that Google and other advertising companies were employing a workaround that allowed third party cookies to be installed by tricking Safari into thinking that the user had submitted a form which allowed the advertisers to set a tracking cooking on the user's browser. According to the Journal's researchers, this behavior occurred in Safari both on iOS devices, and on computers (presumably both Windows and Mac versions of Safari). Here's the Journal's explanation of how the exploit works.
 

 


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