Google Accused of Exploiting Safari Privacy Flaw


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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