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Monday, 28 January 2013 13:24

Apple fanboys sue Google for Safari fault

Written by Nick Farrell



It allowed us to be secretly tracked


A group of 12 Jobs’ Mob disciples is suing Google for exploiting a fault in Apple’s Safari. The 12 claim that their browsing habits were secretly tracked by Google so that the evil search engine would er… know what Coldplay singles they liked.

The case claims that cookies were installed by Google on the Apple computers and mobile devices of those using the Safari internet browser without their knowledge. The claimants said that they thought Google because of Safari's default settings after all Apple did claim it was totally secure and it must be true. However what they didn’t know was that Google had found an exploit in Safari which disabled the default settings and meant that they could continue to track users.

The FTC fined Google after it was found to have bypassed the Do Not Track setting in Apple's Safari web browser even though it told users that their privacy would be safe. The FTC handed down a $22.5m fine. The firm's actions violated a promise Google made to the FTC in 2011 when it said it would not mislead users about its privacy policies. Google said it was all a terrible mistake and it will not do it again.

Now the mythical Apple fanboy’s “League against the Evil Android” have decided they want a slice of the pie and go thermonuclear on that evil Android creator Google just like Steve Jobs commanded. A campaigning group, called Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking, has been set up on Facebook with the idea of flagging the issue to Apple fanboys who probably were not aware of it.  

Apple estimates that there are 10 million Safari users in the UK and these would be eligible for a cut of any money. Of course the idea of 10 million Safari users in the UK strikes us as laughable, but the number is being repeated by the tame Apple press so it must be true.

Nick Farrell

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