The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and other advertisers have been sidestepping Safari privacy settings to track Mac and iPhone users' online activities.

"The privacy-skirting code, which the Journal said Google disabled after being contacted by the paper, appears to have been used to let members of the Google+ social network sign in and then, while moving around the Web, click +1 buttons in ads that are part of Google's DoubleClick ad network," writes CNET News' Edward Moyer.

"The code reportedly tricked Safari into letting a tracking cookie be placed, the Journal said," Moyer writes. "Safari lets sites place tracking cookies if a user interacts with the site, such as by filling out a form, and the workaround code essentially tricked Safari into thinking people were submitting a form to Google."

Go to "WSJ: Google tricked Apple's Safari in order to track users" to read the details.

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