February 21, 2012

Microsoft says Google secretly planted Cookies in IE too

Fresh off the report that Google was bypassing the privacy features of Safari Users by planting Cookies that could track the browsing habits. Also latest reports from Microsoft says that Google has been doing the same thing on Internet Explorer.

According to Microsoft VP Dean Hachamovitch, after the Cookies hit Safari the Internet Explorer team discovered that the Google was employing similar methods to get around default Privacy settings in IE and to track the browsing behavior of the users with the Cookies.

The Microsoft Team has found that Google bypasses the P3P Privacy Features in IE to track users.  Microsoft Says that Google is Breaking the Rules. More about this is provided here

In a statement, Google says that :

The Journal mischaracterizes what happened and why. We used known Safari functionality to provide features that signed-in Google users had enabled. It is important to stress that these advertising cookies don't collect Personal Information.

Basically, Google wrongfully bypassed the protection and enable its cookies to be allowed rather than be blocked. Thus allowing to track  the browsing habits of Safari & IE users. 

In the Mean time Microsoft have created a Tracking Protection list to  protect the IE users from Google which could be found in the IE Blog

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