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Submission + - Don't be evil? Google hacks mobile and desktop Safari to override cookie setting (

noh8rz2 writes: 9to5mac article says: Internet giant Google has found itself in a middle of a potential PR nightmare following aWall Street Journalarticlethis morning. The article asserts that“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”in order to follow iPhone users even after they explicitly set Safari’s privacy controls to disable such tracking.

Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer found out that although mobile Safari’s default setting blockscookies from third parties and advertisers, Google and advertising companies Media Innovation Group,Vibrant Media and Gannett PointRollfooled mobile Safari into thinking“a person was submitting an invisible form to Google”, letting them in turn install a tracking cookie on users’ iPhones and PCs without their consent.

Google apparently disabled the problematic code afterbeing contacted by the paper.

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