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UK Apple Users Sue Google Over Safari Tracking 101

Dupple writes "After settling with the FTC, Google is under pressure again regarding user privacy. From the BBC: 'A group of Apple's Safari web browser users has launched a campaign against Google over privacy concerns. They claim that Google bypassed Safari's security settings to install cookies which tracked their movements on the internet. Between summer 2011 and spring 2012 they were assured by Google this was not the case, and believed Safari's settings to be secure. Judith Vidal-Hall, former editor of Index On Censorship magazine, is the first person in the UK to begin legal action. 'Google claims it does not collect personal data but doesn't say who decides what information is "personal,"' she said. 'Whether something is private or not should be up to the internet surfer, not Google. We are best placed to decide, not them.'"
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UK Apple Users Sue Google Over Safari Tracking

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  • How is this news? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 28, 2013 @02:19PM (#42717543)

    Have you seen those small "Share" and "Like" buttons all over the web?

    Thats right, Facebook, Google, and others, see every time a browser downloads those buttons and which URL it was loaded from. It the user happens to be logged on to their service, they also see the user's identity.

    In otherwords, Facebook, Google can track almost every user and page load on the web!

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