Google's, Others, iPhone Tracking Bypassing Apple Browser Settings for Guarding Privacy

Posted in: Legal & Security at 18/02/2012 16:23

Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser on their iPhones and computers -- tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked.

The companies used special computer code that tricks Apple's Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users. Safari, the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed to block such tracking by default.

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www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-17/google-dodged-iphone-users-privacy-with-doubleclick-stanford-study-finds.html

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