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Google spying also users of Internet Explorer

A week after the Wall Street Journal revealed that Google has bypassed security barriers in the Safari browser, we learn that Google would do the same to track users of Internet Explorer.

In a blog post on Monday, Dean Hachamovitch, the vice president of Internet Explorer, explains that when he and his team have learned the practices of Google to Safari, they decided to see if such habits were on Internet Explorer.

They seem to have discovered that yes. Internet Explorer uses P3P to ensure that the privacy of their users is respected. P3P allows you to block or allow the installation of cookies (“Cookies”) if the site promises not to use this file to track the user.

According to Dean Hachamovitch, Google would use a loophole to indicate that its cookies are not within a P3P definition. Rather than promise not to track the visitor of the page, the policy contained in the Code referring to the Google machine to a site where a user could learn to set the cookie.

The problem is that this policy should normally be understood by the browser and not be a reference to a user. The browser interprets this policy as Google is not invasive and allows the installation of the cookie even if, ultimately, it violates the user’s preferences.

Microsoft has asked Google to rectify the situation and respect the P3P policy. The site Geekwire noted that this revelation falls just as Microsoft is making a negative campaign about the privacy policies of Google trying to repatriate more users to Microsoft services.

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