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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Tony Swash
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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.

Company's other than Google collect user data, often this is done as a way to add value (from the company's point of view) and generate additional income alongside income generated by products or services they sell. In the case of Google user date is a core product, a product absolutely central to Google's ability to make money. Collecting user data in order to target advertising is the basis on which Google makes all it's money. This means that the drive to collect user data (and to surmount any obstacle to collecting user data) is very, very strong and fundamental in Google and will always be very active.

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