Skip to comments.Google tricks Internet Explorer, foils privacy settings, Microsoft says
Posted on 02/21/2012 6:08:37 AM PST by rawhide
Google has secretly been bypassing your privacy settings in Internet Explorer, Microsoft claimed Monday afternoon.
The startling accusation came in a blog post Monday by Dean Hachamovitch, Microsofts corporate vice president for Internet Explorer. On Friday, a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that the search and advertising giant was bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Safari browsers on iPhones and desktop computers.
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? Hachamovitch wrote.
Weve discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies."
... Google responded to Microsoft's accusations with a statement saying that the Windows giant "omitted important information from its blog post," noting that Microsoft's self-declaration protocol under which Microsoft asks "websites to represent their privacy practices in machine-readable form" is impractical to comply with -- and stating that the policy is widely non-operational.
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A lawsuit will come of this sometime I am sure
Google is evil. I wonder how much in taxes this Obama-supporting corporation actually pays.
Ok, so what’s the current best alternative to Google?
When will people come to their senses and avoid Google and MS?
Which means they are also doing it with Firefox
But they’re buying Yahoo, and Bing has its own problems.
What we need is a true Conservative search engine.
Yep, unless you’ve installed an add-on to remove them.
My bet is that somehow someway Goggle and the Rat Party are using the stolen information to formulate strategy.
If Google’s best rationale is that “because Microsoft code is buggy, Google had the right to change that code’s operation to thwart Microsoft’s programmed security”, Google just screwed the pooch!
What an eight-figure pie for Apple and their “friends” over in Redmond to divide!
Bing for search. Hotmail for email. I avoid Google like the plague.
Dogpile (http://www.dogpile.com/) and Duck-Duck-Go (http://duckduckgo.com/) also claim they don’t track your activity. I’d really love to see a study of search effectiveness with these, as well as Bing and Yahoo, compared with Google.
Meanwhile, Google complains back that it depends on what your definition of “evil” is.
Best advice, in Firefox.
Tools => Options => Privacy => Remove Individual Cookies => (remove any cookie subdirectory that begins with “Google”)
Do this every few days.
VERY IMPORTANT: Many top websites now use “flash cookies” that backup user data so it is not deleted when the browser deletes the normal cookie.
Users can delete Flash cookies by going to Adobe’s Flash Player settings manager website:
(You actually make the changes to your Flash player on your computer through their website. The image you see is a functional control panel, not just a picture.)
I came across something interesting that tracks with this article (pun intended).
There is an opt out provision in gmail to remove the ads that are part of your webpage and are specifically ‘tailored’ to match your interests as shown by your searches. If you click on the ‘opt out’ button, you are taken to a page that tells you [in effect] “OK Buster, you can opt out of the ads tailored to your interests and maintain some privacy—but then we’ll just put a whole lot more ads of every kind on your webpage so you better let us guide you.”
What a Hobson’s choice.
I used to be a big google nut. Had the little google browser tool bar and everything. Not any more. Took me a while to locate all the google remnants on my machine and get rid of it. Probably still got some that snoopy google crap on my machine somewhere for all I know. I use Bing now. Bing is just as good as google. And I don’t plan on signing in to YouTube and posting comments there anymore either.
Google is like SkyNet from the movie Terminator. Evil.
recently switched from Scroogle.org (it is down, possibly indefinately) to http://gibiru.com/
At this point I am unsure how secure it is, but like Scroogle it uses Google searches through a proxy.
Now that is a tagline of taglines.
Microsoft provided a single-click fix for IE9 users to prevent google from doing this.
You can read the details, and get the link, at this sight.
Goodbye, Google and Adsense. Nice knowing you.
Better Privacy plugin for Firefox will automatically remove the flash cookies after each session. I have been very happy with it.
Google and FB are here as tools of the .gov
I don’t think it helps much with privacy, but I use ABP “Ad Blocker Plus” add on for Firefox.
It blocks a ton of ads including flash ads. I finally got tired of all the flashing and sound, and put this on about a year ago. I feel a little guilty, because I know a lot of sites depend on ad revenue to support content delivery, but I am advertising saturated.
I recently installed a free 3rd party add-on for FF and IE9 called DoNotTrackPlus from
It seems to work and has options that can be set for various websites.
Thanks, I will look at it.
To remove what?
Microsoft: Build your browser so Google CAN'T circumvent settings chosen by the users. You know, your customers. D'oh!
Users are not their customers.
the tracking cookies Google’s using
They’re supposed to be. Anything else is corruption on their part for which there is no valid excuse.
If you didn’t pay for the browser you aren’t the customer. The customers for IE are developers, MS pushes their browser to be #1 so everybody who wants to make a web app needs to make it work on IE so they have to buy the MS dev studio. Developers buying the studio pays for you to be able to use IE. No corruption, just paying attention to the flow of money.
Advertisers are the customers.
Just like Google.
Bing, yahoo also I think...I have been using Bing since it came out....
Startpage offers you Web search results from Google in complete privacy!
When you search with Startpage, we remove all identifying information from your query and submit it anonymously to Google ourselves. We get the results and return them to you in total privacy.
- Free proxy surfing available.
- Praised by privacy experts worldwide.
- Twelve-year company track record.
- Third-party certified.
- No IP address recorded.
- No record is made of your searches.
- No identifying or tracking cookies used.
- Powerful SSL encryption available.
Thanks. I cleaned out a bunch.
As was pointed out up-thread, don’t forget about the flash cookies. Firefox add-on Better Privacy does a good job of nuking these, imho.
Google pays 2.4% in taxes. Taxes are for little people.
“Google pays 2.4% in taxes. Taxes are for little people.”
Why is Google’s tax rate so high? With all the pro-Obama and pro-left wing support coming from them it should be 0% like GE’s.
“What we need is a true Conservative search engine.”
If you ever discover one, please let the rest of us know.
I’ve started using this one:
It supposedly doesn’t collect and share personal information:
Thanks for the heads up. Looks like I’m immune to them since I’ve never installed Flash.
Interesting that Google’s money pump ends where Obama’s campaign contributions start... in Bermuda.
“When will people come to their senses and avoid Google and MS?”
As soon a Linux gets some functionality with the rest of the (unfortunately) MS speaking world.
Linux users remind me of Esperanto advocates. May be a great idea, but not that useful for non-Linux geeks.
MS is like the English language. Lots of well documented problems, but it is the best thing for getting around & communicating around the world.