Google reportedly ignoring Safari users’ privacy settings to better track its ads

February 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

According to an investigation by Wall Street Journal, Google and at least three other smaller web ad networks (Vibrant Media, Media Innovation Group and Gannett PointRoll), have purposely overridden Safari’s browser privacy settings using code that misrepresents its ads

Google itself issued a statement saying the Wall Street 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.”

Are we far away from Don’t be evil? And what kind of B/S is this statement? How do cookies NOT collect personal information? I am personally still using Google services, but I decided that I will only those that work outside a browser. Being logged into Big G whilst surfing the web is just not a good idead

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