Google accused of spying on Apple users to sell advertising (update)

Google accused of spying on Apple users to sell advertising (update)

The internet group Google has spied on Internet surfers browsing the web from Safari, Apple's browser, illegally, a report on Thursday Wall street journal, indicating that this practice had just stopped.

The American glove and other advertising companies used special programming codes, hidden in Safari's commands, to monitor and record the browsing habits of millions of users of this Apple application. The program of the apple brand is however designed to prevent such intrusions, said the financial daily. When contacted by the WSJ, Google turned off this feature, the newspaper said.

In a statement to the daily, Google has denied having violated the privacy of Internet users: “These + cookies + (cookies, editor's note) do not collect personal information”, argued the leader in search engines, whose informal slogan is “Don't be malicious”.

“We are working to stop this practice”, an Apple official told the newspaper.

In addition to equipping Mac computers, Safari is the most used internet browser on MFPs, thanks to the success of the iPhone.

The privacy breach was reported by Stanford University researcher Jonathan Mayer and independently confirmed by Wall Street Journal engineer Ashkan Soltani.

The daily publishes on its website the lines of codes and the process for installing them.

In addition to Google, three online advertising companies used the same method: Vibrant Media Inc., WPP PLC’s Media Innovation Group and Gannett Co.’s PointRoll, said WSJ.

Update 12h ”: the editorial team of Belgium-iPhone was able to obtain the reaction of Tinike Meijerman, spokesperson for Google for the Benelux.

“The Wall Street Journal gives a false picture of what happened and why it happened. We used a well-known feature of Safari to provide features that Google session users had active. It is important to emphasize that these advertising cookies do not collect personal data.

Unlike other major browsers, Apple's Safari browser defaults to third party cookies. Safari does, however, allow Internet functions that depend on third parties and third party cookies, such as Like buttons. Last year, we started using this feature to support functions for Google users in session, who were using the Safari browser and had chosen to watch personalized ads and other types of content such as the ability to click +1 on the subject. of things that interested them.

In order to support these functions, we have established a temporary communication link between Safari browsers and Google servers, so that we can verify if Safari users have logged in to Google and if they have opted for such personalization. We have ensured that the information changed between the Safari browser and Google's servers is anonymized, thus raising a solid barrier between their personal data and the content they watch on the Internet.

The Safari browser, however, has a feature that then allowed other Google advertising cookies to be accepted by the browser. We hadn't expected this to happen and have already started deleting these advertising cookies from Safari browsers. We would like to emphasize that, as with other browsers, these advertising cookies do not collect personal data.

This question does not apply to users of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, any more than users of any other browser (including Safari) who have chosen not to display personalized advertisements, using the Google Preferences tool for advertisement .

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