Today, the Wall Street Journal outed Google and other ad networks of bypassing iPhone’s Safari Privacy Setting. The WSJ claimed that Google overlooked Safari’s “no third party cookies” setting.
This doesn’t bode well for the search giant as they have already been under scrutiny for their January release of Search Plus Your World, as well as their consolidated of all of their privacy policies. This is just another black-eye for the company that appears to have recently walked into the door knob more than once.
Here is what Google had to say, “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.”
They may not have been gathering personal information, but Google did bypass Safari’s privacy setting to try to get their +1 button to work on iOS. Google’s actions are showing their insensitivity and complete disregard to their users’ privacy. This could have tremendous repercussions from consumer groups and even from Congress.
Watch out for your next step, Google.
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