Google Caught Tracking Apple Users
Posted on Feb 17, 2012
Sneaky, sneaky Google. The online search giant did an end run around Apple’s proprietary Web browser by jacking Safari’s privacy settings so that the Internet travels of iPhone and computer users could be followed for marketing purposes without their knowledge—that is, until The Wall Street Journal called Google out. —KA
The Wall Street Journal:
The companies used special computer code that tricks Apple’s Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users. Safari, the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed to block such tracking by default.
Google disabled its code after being contacted by The Wall Street Journal.
AP / Jae C. Hong