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    "Google did it again!"

    February 23, 2012  |   By funwebseeker32

    Pros

    None at all its a browser with a tracking ID boo!

    Cons

    Well Google has been in the news beefore because they do not care about people's security or privacy! So why will they stop now?

    Summary

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Google and several prominent online advertising networks have been using a workaround to bypass the privacy restrictions on Apple's Safari and Mobile Safari web browsers, allowing the companies to deposit cookies on a user's computer even if the device is set to prevent such behavior. At issue is the way Safari treats cookies. Under its default settings, both the desktop and iOS versions of the app only accept the files, which can be used to track browsing habits, from sites that individuals specifically visit or interact with. This prevents a cookie from an outside source from making its way onto a user's computer without their direct involvement. Google reportedly butted up against this restriction when it couldn't use cookies to determine if users were logged into Google services in conjunction with its +1 recommendation system. To get around the problem, Google took advantage of an exploit that was first noted by developer Anant Garg in 2010, which uses a blank form sent in the background to trick Safari into accepting cookies from unauthorized sources. Google's use of the workaround was spotted by Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer, and later corroborated by the Wall Street Journal. How can you trust them with your private information????? I sure don't!!!

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