Microsoft Says Google Bypassing Users' IE Privacy Settings

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February 21, 2012, 11:22AM

Microsoft Says Google Bypassing Users' IE Privacy Settings

by Dennis Fisher

The relations among Microsoft, Apple and Google, which are testy in the best of circumstances, are being pressured even more of late as the controversy surrounding Google's actions with cookies and user tracking grows. In the latest installment, Microsoft has said that it has found that Google "is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies."

"By default, IE blocks third-party cookies unless the site presents a P3P Compact Policy Statement indicating how the site will use the cookie and that the site’s use does not include tracking the user. Google’s P3P policy causes Internet Explorer to accept Google’s cookies even though the policy does not state Google’s intent," Dean Hachamovitch, corporate vice president for Internet Explorer at Microsoft, said in a blog post.

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