Three Congressman Target Google Over Safari Tracking

Posted on Feb 20 2012 - 8:24am by Editorial Staff

Earlier we reported that Google and several prominent online advertising networks have been caught circumventing Safari and Mobile safari security restrictions – the 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, resulting into this the three congressman on Friday called on Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Google further into this.

The lawmakers — Edward J. Markey (D., Mass.), Joe Barton (R., Texas) and Cliff Stearns (R., Fla.)—want to know if Google’s behavior “constitutes a violation” of a privacy settlement Google and the Federal Trade Commission signed last year. Breaches of the settlement could bring fines of as much as $16,000 per violation per day.

Microsoft while pointing towards the search giant last week also stated that 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.”

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