20 Feb '12, 10am

Google Accused of Tracking Safari Users

Google is speaking out in the wake of a report that the company's search engine bypasses privacy protections in Apple's Safari browser. The Wall Street Journal cited a Stanford University researcher in reporting that the company was ignoring settings on Safari intended to block tracking tools. Google platforms were reportedly able to log user activity on both the OS X and iOS versions of the browser. The paper reported that after it contacted Google, the company disabled the offending components. Google, however, said the report "mischaracterizes" the issue. Rachel Whetstone, Google senior vice president of communications and public policy, said in a statement that the code was used to provide services for users who had logged into their Google accounts. "To enable these features, we created a temporary communication link between Safari browsers and Google’s servers, so th...

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