Thursday, February 23, 2012

Google Tuck "Tracking Code" in Apple Safari?

Google and three advertising companies accused of violating the privacy settings in a web browser application (browser) Apple, Safari to track surfing habits on your computer and iPhone.

"The application Safari browser by default is configured to block" cookies "to third parties. We identified four advertising company that put" cookies "are tracked in Safari. Google and Vibrant Media deliberately violate privacy features Safari," said a Stanford University student, in a blog post that was released on Friday (17/02/2012).

Code tracking (cookies) is confirmed by the technical supervisor Wall Street Journal. Than 100 popular internet pages, found 22 pages containing advertisements in a computer fitted with tracking code by Google. A total of 23 advertisements are also attached as a code in the iPhone.

According to the research, Google and other companies have exploited loopholes in the Safari browser privacy settings, which by default blocks the tracking, but makes an exception if a user interacts with the page, for example by filling in certain forms.

"So the Google add in some ad code, so that Safari thinks a user is sending" a form invisible 'to Google. Safari will then let Google place a "cookie" on your phone or computer, "says Wall Street Journal reports.

The report said a small file called a "cookie" that usually does not work after 12 to 24 hours, but sometimes it may serve to further search for the users of Safari, because Safari allows a company to add more "cookies" in a computer when a "cookie" has been installed.

Google disable the code after being contacted by the Wall Street Journal, the daily said. The search giant also eliminates some of the instructions to the user's Safari in one of their internet page, which says the user can do via Safari privacy settings if you want to prevent tracking of privacy by Google.

"The journal was misreading the situation. We used to use Safari to provide a feature that enabled users of Google. It is important to assert that" cookies "ad that does not collect personal information," Google said in a statement.

Three other online advertising companies are also accused of using a similar code is Vibrant Media, WPP `s Media Innovation Group, and Gannett's PointRoll.

Consumer monitoring group asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether Google violated the previous agreement with the FTC about piracy by placing "cookies" to avoid tracking the privacy settings in Safari browser application.

Still at the same time, practice-related Microsoft criticized Google, saying it was not the first to do Google. In a blog posting titled "Spreads without terambah", Microsoft is promoting the application of Internet Explorer 9, by highlighting the strongest privacy protection in the internet industry.

Google is under scrutiny related to violations of the privacy rights of users. Late last month, Google announced to rewrite their privacy policy, by consolidating information across users of their services.

The move was immediately welcomed concern and disappointment that Google does not offer choice to users certain privacy restrictions

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