Google bypasses Apple's browser privacy settings

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Google disregarded privacy settings of Safari users and installed cookies for tracking their web activity, even though the Safari users thought they had blocked them. Both iPhones and Macs computers were fell prey to a technique used to track activity. You probably don't want your browsing activity to be tracked widely across the web!

Google bypasses cookie privacy in Safari
Google bypasses cookie privacy in Safari

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. Let's hope it won't happen again...

This isn't the first time Google has violated a privacy setting, as we remember last year when Google was investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for violating the privacy of a consent agreement for Safari users.

About the author

Alexandra Petruș served as Reincubate's VP of Product for a number of years and remains a friend of the company. She's recognised as a Google Developer Expert for Product Strategy, and is a co-founder of Bucharest AI.

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Pictured above are members of Reincubate’s team meeting HM Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ at Buckingham Palace, after being awarded the UK’s highest business award for our work with Apple technology. Read our position on privacy, safety and security.

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