Apple Isn’t Alone As Google Bypasses IE Privacy Settings Too

Last week, the news hit the Interwebs that Google had been tracking the movements of Apple Safari users for about 6 months. At the time, they claimed it was an accident. But it now seems that this “accident” has happened to Microsoft Internet Explorer users:

In the wake of reports that Google had sidestepped privacy settings in Safari, Microsoft announced today it had discovered the Web giant had done the same with Internet Explorer.

“When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too?” IE executive Dean Hachamovitch wrote in a blog post this morning. “We’ve discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies.”

The blog post, which details Microsoft’s findings and offers privacy protection tips, said it has contacted Google about its concerns and asked it to “commit to honoring P3P privacy settings for users of all browsers.”

Sorry Google. Any credibility that that you have had is gone now. Clearly they’ve been spying on users. While I can’t wait to hear what Google has to say about this, I suspect that lawmakers in the US and the EU are about to call Google on the carpet to explain this.
Sucks to be Google.

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