Microsoft, others hit back at Google for privacy hack

Posted in: Legal & Security at 21/02/2012 16:32

After news broke that Google has been using code to circumvent Apple privacy settings on the Safari browser to serve personalized ads to its account holders, Microsoft took the opportunity to gleefully point out the privacy features in its Internet Explorer browser.

"Apparently, Google has been able to track users of Apple's Safari browser while they surf the web on their Apple iPhones, iPads and Macs," wrote Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's general manager for Internet Explorer Business and Marketing in a company blog post. "This type of tracking by Google is not new. The novelty here is that Google apparently circumvented the privacy protections built into Apple's Safari browser in a deliberate, and ultimately, successful fashion."

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Microsoft: Google bypassed IE privacy settings too
In the wake of reports that Google had sidestepped privacy settings in Safari, Microsoft announced today it had discovered the Web giant had done the same with Internet Explorer.

"When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too?" IE executive Dean Hachamovitch wrote in a blog post this morning. "We've discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies."

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