Todd Wasserman’s article addresses the problem of Google and other companies overriding the iPhone’s privacy settings and monitoring their web activity. Wall Street Journal released a report that found that Google was using a code to track user’s behavior through Apple’s Safari browser. After the report, Google was prompted to disable its code. 23 of the top 100 websites were found to have installed the Google’s tracking code on Safari.
Google’s senior vice president of communications and public policy, Rachel Whetstone, released a statement in regard to the code. She stressed that no personal information was collected. She said that to enable features such as Google’s “+1” and “like” buttons, third-party cookies were used. This code for third-party cookies then enabled Google’s advertising cookies to be set on the browser.
This isn’t the first time Google user’s privacy has been under the microscope. They settled with the FTC over a privacy probe that required the company to submit a bi-annual review from a third-party oversight board for the next 20 years.
This seems to be another abuse of privacy. Google’s statement explained how it happened and that it was an oversight that advertising cookies were being set. The main issue is that would the code have been disabled if the study hadn’t been performed? This appears to be more of an instance that the perpetrator isn’t sorry, but sorry they got caught. It is refreshing that journalists and establishments, such as the Wall Street Journal, are investigating and bring such issue to the light. One solution to this would be for congress to set privacy policies which are more concrete. Either way, people should be aware of the information being shared with multiple companies over the internet.