The Evidon Weeky Digest 2/22/12

Feb 22, 2012 By Adam DeMartino
It was another big week in privacy news, once again dominated by the tech giants – Google, Apple, and Microsoft. The Wall Street Journal ran a series of articles based around a Stanford graduate student’s investigation into Google’s cookie-dropping methods on the Safari mobile browser, framing them as very deceptive. This resulted in other press surrounding the issue in The New York Times,PC World, and even on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show. Additionally,The Wall Street Journal reported on the escalating tracking "battle" between Google and Microsoft. How Google Tracked Safari Users – WSJ – Google and other advertising companies have been following iPhone and Apple users as they browse the Web, even though Apple’s Safari Web browser is set to block such tracking by default. Google's iPhone Tracking – WSJ – Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser on their iPhones and computers—tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked. New Concerns Over Online Privacy [AUDIO] – The Diane Rehm Show – Technology companies collect vast amounts of information about you and your habits. In return, you get free content, play games and connect with friends. But recent findings are raising concerns over security and privacy. A Stanford researcher discovered Google and other companies bypassing the privacy settings on Apple's Safari web browser. An app company called Path was collecting and storing personal address book information without permission. And an FTC report on children’s app privacy showed parents are not getting information on what data is being collected, how it is being shared, or who will have access. Diane and her guests discuss privacy and transparency in our rapidly changing computer world. Google's Tracking of Safari Users Could Lead to FTC Investigation – PCWorld – Google's alleged circumvention of do-not-track controls on Apple's Safari browser could lead to big fines from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission if the agency determines Google has violated a privacy settlement the company agreed to in March, some privacy advocates said Friday. How Companies Learn Your Secrets – NYT - Andrew Pole had just started working as a statistician for Target in 2002, when two colleagues from the marketing department stopped by his desk to ask an odd question: “If we wanted to figure out if a customer is pregnant, even if she didn’t want us to know, can you do that? ” Google picks holes in EU's 'right to be forgotten' – ZDNet – The search giant set out its argument in a blog post on Thursday, in which global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said Google supports the principles behind the right, but wants it to be implemented "in a way that not only enhances privacy online, but also fosters free expression for all".

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