Report: Google bypassed Apple's privacy settings to track iPhones

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    Feb 17, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    Apple's mobile Safari browser by default blocks third-party cookies — such as those used to track Web-browsing habits or to personalize ads — but Google has been managing to bypass these privacy settings and enable the use of advertising-related cookies on iPhones since last year.

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    Feb 18, 2012 11:09 AM GMT
    How innovative of Google.
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    Feb 18, 2012 12:29 PM GMT
    No such thing as a free lunch.
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    Feb 18, 2012 1:07 PM GMT
    Umm, all smart phones and iphones have been tracked since day one. Privacy settings are there to give the phone owner a false sense of security but all of them are tracked and can be monitored anytime by Google and law enforcement.
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    Feb 18, 2012 3:22 PM GMT
    Google is evil
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    Feb 18, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    jaxsurfer saidUmm, all smart phones and iphones have been tracked since day one. Privacy settings are there to give the phone owner a false sense of security but all of them are tracked and can be monitored anytime by Google and law enforcement.


    Exactly!
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    Feb 18, 2012 3:45 PM GMT
    Why is Apple complaining if they've been tracking their users since day one?

    They don't want other companies to do this? It must be highly profitable, btw...
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    Feb 18, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
    Google aka skynet
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    Feb 18, 2012 3:58 PM GMT
    I told you so.
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    Feb 18, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    Trust me, Google is the least of your worries.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.html?_r=3&pagewanted=1&hp

    TLDR..
    Retailers are able to predict your life changes based on the products you buy.
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    Feb 18, 2012 9:35 PM GMT
    xrichx saidTrust me, Google is the least of your worries.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.html?_r=3&pagewanted=1&hp

    TLDR..
    Retailers are able to predict your life changes based on the products you buy.


    lol, YOU trust ME. Google knows more about you than any retailer out there.
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    Feb 18, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
    I work with a software developer whose platforms are Google Earth & Maps. Google knows everything about everyone. Heck, even the company I work with knows everyone's demographics, buying habits, etc. in every block group id across North America...
    It isn't just Google...
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:00 PM GMT
    k3l3k0 saidI work with a software developer whose platforms are Google Earth & Maps. Google knows everything about everyone. Heck, even the company I work with knows everyone's demographics, buying habits, etc. in every block group id across North America...
    It isn't just Google...


    Google already knows what you just said there...
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    Feb 19, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    joevbanana saidWhy is Apple complaining if they've been tracking their users since day one?

    They don't want other companies to do this? It must be highly profitable, btw...

    Apple isn't complaining, it's users are over what google is doing.
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    Feb 19, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    Question:
    If Apple did the same thing, would iphone users be upset? Or would they just chalk it up as a "feature" to improve user experience and serve relevant advertising? After all, Apple has their own advertising platform for mobile apps. It's a given that Google tracks everything Android users do. I'm sure Apple is heading in that direction with iOS and iAd.
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    Feb 19, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
    xrichx saidQuestion:
    If Apple did the same thing, would iphone users be upset? Or would they just chalk it up as a "feature" to improve user experience and serve relevant advertising? After all, Apple has their own advertising platform for mobile apps. It's a given that Google tracks everything Android users do. I'm sure Apple is heading in that direction with iOS and iAd.


    When Apple was tracking user's location on iOS it was a huge deal, they had to get rid of that 'feature'. Recently some iOS apps were able to use your contacts info, people complained and Apple said 2 days ago that they were going to pull all those off the AppStore. So the answer is, no. Apple doesn't get a break on privacy concerns and generally they seem to listen to their user base.