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[LA Times] Microsoft leaves privacy hole in browser, Google uses it

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Microsoft Corp. left a big privacy loophole in its Internet Explorer browser and is now going after Google Inc. for driving a truck through it.

Microsoft said Google has been rolling over a privacy safeguard in its Internet Explorer 9 browser that helps users prevent advertisers from placing tracking files on their computers. Microsoft's allegations come a few days after the Mountain View, Calif., search giant took licks for appearing to circumvent privacy protections onApple Inc.'s Safari browser.

"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?" Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft's vice president of Internet Explorer, wrote in a blog post. "We’ve discovered the answer is yes."

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-microsoft-google--privacy-20120220,0,1152012.story

Google turned to the dark side. buttkick.gif
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Looks like Google used a hole that Microsoft put in place to allow sites like Google to use? I might not understand the article correctly.

Don't blame others for your security holes, fix them yourself.
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Well. There goes part of my damaged believe in google. I'm supporting the old giant.
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Well. There goes part of my damaged believe in google. I'm supporting the old giant.

IBM?
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If this the only part they found wrong they havent searched very much lol.but no biggy user can fix this.butci bet ms wont let this slide .buby google till the next loop hole best best for ms would be to change their system so only those saying they re advertiser gain access to p3p or similar spot this way ms and all wouldd be on level .cause now ms is being registered advertiser but ton side step i bet this pissed off a lot of engineer.i wouldnt be surprised if we got a last minute patch for ie9 they tolerated sun lesz and god know sun is way more relevent to ms then google
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Looks like Google used a hole that Microsoft put in place to allow sites like Google to use? I might not understand the article correctly.

My understanding of the article is that tracking cookies related to advertising are meant to be blocked, but cookies that are useful can be let through if they describe themselves to the browser. Cookies with no description are apparently let through no matter what, which is how Google can get theirs through as mentioned in this paragraph.
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But here's the asterisk that might as well be a bullet hole in the policy: Any site that deliberately refuses to describe itself to Microsoft's browser is rewarded by getting a tracking cookie anyway. In other words, the system can block only sites that explicitly identify themselves as advertisers. Those that don't identify themselves at all slip through.
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http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=151657

It's been in plain writing for years, and microsoft is that far behind with their protocols.
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@MootsFox I agree with what you're saying, but with this logic, hacking in multiplayer is also ethical. Which it definitely is not! Google after finding the loophole has the responsibility as a company to alert Apple and Microsoft. It's as simple as that.
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That's not a hole, it's a speedbump over a 10 lane superhighway.

It's like a log in screen that asks "Would you like to enter a password? Yes/No" and lets people in who choose "No".
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@MootsFox I agree with what you're saying, but with this logic, hacking in multiplayer is also ethical. Which it definitely is not! Google after finding the loophole has the responsibility as a company to alert Apple and Microsoft. It's as simple as that.

That's a bit far. Most hacks require some modding of sorts. Google sent cookies through a hole by valid (though odd) means. The tracking seems to be for logins anyways, not ads.
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