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Google accused of bypassing Internet Explorer and Safari privacy settings

Microsoft executive Dean Hachamovitch: "Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE."

21 February 2012 | Category: Software

The search engine giant has been accused of purposely bypassing privacy settings that block certain types of cookies.

The Wall Street Journal unveiled the story declaring that they had discovered Google sidestepping privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser. Google responded by saying that this is a problem, that has been known about for years and that "mischaracterizes what happened and why".

Google admits that it bypassed the settings, but only so that it could enable its social +1 buttons to work on its AdSense network. On most other internet browsers such as Firefox and Chrome the buttons work fine, but on Safari they don't work because Apple blocks third party cookies by default.

After the article in the Wall Street Journal appeared Microsoft posted on its blog that Google had been "employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in Internet Explorer".

Vibrant Media and Media Innovation Group have also been accused of sidestepping internet browser privacy settings.

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