Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Feb 2012 15:36 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Privacy, Security, Encryption Well, paint me red and call me a girl scout: Facebook, Google, and several other advertising networks are using a loophole to make sure third party cookies could still be installed on Safari and Mobile Safari, even though those two browsers technically shouldn't allow such cookies. Google has already ceased the practice, and in fact, closed the loophole in WebKit itself months ago.
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But every major web based service provider either already does or aspires to do the same. Google is only ahead in the game.

Free products need to be supported by ads (which are generally determined algorithmically) but that does not necessarily mean that users are not being tracked in case of paid products/services. The service providers still have the same kind of data about the activities of paid users'. Only, in case of paid services, ads aren't being served. But the user's usage behaviour remains in the custody of the service provider whether you are paid user or a free user and it is likely to be used for purposes other than serving ads.

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