Google has come under attack for violating users’ privacy and ignoring their wishes after admitting that it intentionally circumvented security settings in Apple’s Safari browser to track users on both desktop computers and iPhones.

A number of other advertisers exploited the loophole it had created to track those users too.

“Our data suggests that millions of users may have been affected,” Jonathan Mayer, the independent researcher at Stanford University who discovered the workaround by the search giant, told the Guardian.

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To get around Safari’s blocking, the Wall Street Journal explains, Google put code onto some of its ads served by DoubleClick’s servers at doubleclick.net to fool the Safari browser into thinking the user was interacting with DoubleClick.

But, the EFF notes: “That had the side effect of completely undoing all of Safari’s protections against doubleclick.net.”

That meant that other DoubleClick cookies, including the principal tracking one which Safari would normally block, were allowed.

“Like a balloon popped with a pinprick, all of Safari’s protections against DoubleClick were gone,” the EFF said.

A big deal? Has Google gone too far?



  1. Skeptic says:

    Google is in this for the money. So why does anything they do surprise you?

    They were caught, so IMO the system is still working.

  2. After giving this further consideration and we discussed this in our prayer group this morning – Google should collectively be kicked in the nuts.

  3. Semantics says:

    Safari users should be suing Apple for their false advertising that all their software is safe and secure and thank Google for pointing out that this is a blatant lie.

  4. Hmeyers2 says:

    ^ Two apple haters sitting
    | in a tree. K I S S I N G.

  5. Hmeyers2 says:

    Jesus and Easter Bunny love me too.