Dean Hachamovitch, vice president of Internet Explorer:
When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too?
Guess what the answer is. Just guess.
Here is an article with a little more detail on what Google was doing. It is obvious that this is not due to some error but had real malicious intent to route around a user’s privacy data. In fact, it demonstrates how Google Plus may actually have been actively used to allow this, all without the user’s notice.
They purposely used Safari’s behavior dealing with cookies to bypass the user’ setting in a way that the user would not have appreciated, if the user knew it. They did the same ting with Internet Explorer.
In a perfect world, the company should be excoriated for doing this and heads should role. Wanna take any bets that will happen?
Because I think this sort of mining would not have been done without approval from the top. This reveals a very basic nature of the company – its customers are not the users. It will screw the users, go against their wishes, in order to make itself more money.
Makes you wonder what it is acquiring from the OS it controls on mobile devices?