Google Faces Fresh Probe Over Safari Tracking Issue

Posted on Mar 16 2012 - 8:58am by Editorial Staff

We reported last month that Google and several other prominent advertising networks being caught over using a workaround to bypass the Safari and mobile safari security restrictions over on which earlier three congressman target the search giant. Looking at the stage now, Google has found itself in the middle of another privacy probe, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google used special code to get around Safari’s privacy controls in order to track users on computers and mobile devices.

The French Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés has added the technique its ongoing probe of Google’s privacy policy changes. Although the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly looking into whether the Google’s action violated a 2011 settlement agreement between the agency and the company over privacy concerns related to the launch of Google Buzz.

Talking with CNET, representative told: “We will of course cooperate with any officials who have questions,” a Google spokesperson said. “But it’s important to remember that we didn’t anticipate this would happen, and we have been removing these advertising cookies from Safari browsers.”

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