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  •  Very nice, thanks maggiejean (12+ / 0-)

    Google has done some bonehead things in its quest to push boundaries of understanding how best to advertise and/or make potentially relevant interests appear before your eyes, but if they bypassed the cookie settings of Safari and violated EU privacy regulations in the doing, I hope their punishment is significant.

    Not because they created a huge exposure for users, but because they specifically broke a legal agreement which is the basis of doing business in affected countries/regions.  That's a serious breach of trust when it comes to business matters - especially any involving public entities (e.g., governments).  That's a playing field the entire I/T industry must consider level for all, with violators getting tossed and/or slapped hard.

    That said, this reasoning for potential damages sounds rather silly:

    A Facebook group called Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking has vowed to hold Google to account for the tracking. It said: "Google deliberately undermined protections on the Safari browser so that they could track users' internet usage and to provide personally tailored advertising based on the sites previously visited. There was no way to know that Google did this. In fact, they made it clear that they did not do this on the Safari browser."

    It continued: "It could mean for many users that surprises such as engagements, presents and holidays were destroyed when partners looked at their computers and saw display ads based on sites previously visited. There are many examples of the inappropriate consequences of such intrusion."

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 09:35:34 PM PST

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