Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Safari Settings undermined: Google must pay millions for browser hack - ABC Online

Google is prosecuted for bypassing the privacy settings in Safari browser from Apple once again in the USA. The Internet company will pay $ 17 million in a settlement with the attorneys general of many U.S. states.

“While Google has captured the surfing behavior of millions of people, the company has not only their privacy violated, but also their confidence, “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Monday.

According to the prosecutors Google had undermined the Safari settings from June 2011 to February 2012, which provides standard that Google and other advertising companies there unasked may not leave a data trail. Already in mid-2012, the Group had therefore must pay a fine of $ 22.5 million to the appropriate U.S. regulatory FTC.

Google had found a way to leave cookies in Safari browser for iPhone, iPad and PC without the user’s consent. These are small files that the behavior of the network can track partially, what is especially interesting for advertisers. Google makes its money with the placement of graphic ads on websites as well as text ads to match the results of its search engine

The case has to do with the way the Apple browser. This was no standard third-party cookies, such as online advertising firms to . A user they had to actively unlock, but that very few did. So tricked Google and levered the Basic settings. After the scandal was blown, assured the group to have collected any personal information.

“Wall Street Journal” had the practice made known to the general public in early 2012. At the same time, the company was because of the data recordings from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks through its Street View camera car in the criticism.

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