Google To Microsoft Over Google’s Web Monitoring Practices: Says Internet Explorer Is Widely ‘Non-Operational’

Posted on Feb 21 2012 - 4:27am by Editorial Staff

The war of words between Microsoft and Google over Google web monitoring practices take a new and said to be an interesting turn when the search giant released a statement in which it criticises the software giant, stating the settings for its own Internet Explorer are widely “non-operational” in nature – Microsoft last week claimed that the way Google monitor the web is “not new” along with saying that its Internet Explorer 9 browser has some of the “strongest privacy protection in the industry.”

The issue came in light when WSJ first reported that Google and several other prominent online advertising networks have been caught circumventing Safari and Mobile safari security restrictions, which results into the three congressman on Friday called on Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Google further into this.

Here’s an excerpt from Google’s statement, via The Verge:

Microsoft omitted important information from its blog post today.

Microsoft uses a “self-declaration” protocol (known as “P3P”) dating from 2002 under which Microsoft asks websites to represent their privacy practices in machine-readable form. It is well known – including by Microsoft – that it is impractical to comply with Microsoft’s request while providing modern web functionality. We have been open about our approach, as have many other websites.

Today the Microsoft policy is widely non-operational. A 2010 research report indicated that over 11,000 websites were not issuing valid P3P policies as requested by Microsoft…

For many years, Microsoft’s browser has requested every website to “self-declare” its cookies and privacy policies in machine readable form, using particular “P3P” three-letter policies…

Today the Microsoft policy is widely non-operational.

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