The safari privacy settings bypassed was "block 3rd party cookies", Jonathan Mayer found this code in 2010, and this is as much a Google problem as child labor is at Asian factories is for "Apple". Facebook is doing this too apparently, many ad networks.
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This issue in the code belonging to webkit, which is the browser engine for Safari, Chrome, and others, was patched by... Google months ago.
The crazy thing here is that this loophole has already been fixed in WebKit itself. Over 7 months ago. By two Google engineers. In other words, while Google is one of the parties using the loophole, Google itself fixed it 7 months ago.
How do you like them Apples?
ZDNet update from Google :
Update: Rachel Whetstone, senior vice-president for communications and public policy at Google, expanded on the Journals findings:
Unlike other major browsers, Apples Safari browser blocks third-party cookies by default. However, Safari enables many web features for its users that rely on third parties and third-party cookies, such as Like buttons. Last year, we began using this functionality to enable features for signed-in Google users on Safari who had opted to see personalized ads and other content ï¿½ such as the ability to +1 things that interest them.
To enable these features, we created a temporary communication link between Safari browsers and Googles servers, so that we could ascertain whether Safari users were also signed into Google, and had opted for this type of personalization. But we designed this so that the information passing between the users Safari browser and Googles servers was anonymous ï¿½ effectively creating a barrier between their personal information and the web content they browse.
However, the Safari browser contained functionality that then enabled other Google advertising cookies to be set on the browser. We didnt anticipate that this would happen, and we have now started removing these advertising cookies from Safari browsers. Its important to stress that, just as on other browsers, these advertising cookies do not collect personal information.
This is probably just a smear job related to something else more evil happening today that is so far staying below the radar in the news. Or the WSJ staff needed some quick stories to put out on a Friday so they can go hide from the not-on-their-payroll-police all weekend. --
Say no to JAMS!