With the recent misconduct we stated today where the Google and several prominent online advertising networks have been caught circumventing Safari and Mobile safari security restrictions, Microsoft as earlier has taken the sense to be a part of the conversation, pointing towards the search giant and using it as a platform over on its own Internet Explorer 9.
Starting pointing towards the search giant stating Google’s tracking practices are “not new”, Microsoft’s blog post entitled ‘Browse Without Being Browsed’, says, “Google has been able to track users of Apple’s Safari browser while they surf the web on their Apple iPhones, iPads and Macs. This type of tracking by Google is not new. The novelty here is that Google apparently circumvented the privacy protections built into Apple’s Safari browser in a deliberate, and ultimately, successful fashion.”
Microsoft then proceeds to list how its Internet Explorer 9 browser is recognized as some of the “strongest privacy protection in the industry,” highlighting its Tracking Protection feature and how it puts users in control of their actions online. “Not Google. Not advertisers. Just you,” Microsoft declares.
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.”