What it have been said to be a case of “misconduct” or what else even when especially the behaviour is restricted – Google and several prominent online advertising networks have been caught circumventing Safari and Mobile safari security restrictions. The WSJ reported that search giant and other major online advertising networks have been using a workaround to bypass the security restrictions on Apple’s Safari and Mobile Safari web browsers, which reportedly allowing the companies to deposit cookies on a user’s computer even if the device is set to be free from such kind of behavior.
Understanding how this happens, under Safari default settings, both iOS and desktop versions of the app will accept the files, which results in keeping a track of how the user browse over the web – keeping a record of what the user interact or visit – preventing a cooking from outside source allowing it to make its way onto a user’s machine without their any kind of “direct” involvement. The problem which was first noted by developer Anant Garg in 2010 , who uses the blank form that was sent in the Safari background in order to trick the browser into the source of accepting cookies from unauthorized sources.
In lieu of same, Apple spokesperson stated, “we are working to put a stop” to the practices in question. When asking Google about the technique, the company reportedly ceased the practice, saying, “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.”
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