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Google sued by Safari user over privacy flap

February 28, 2012

Officials at Google Inc. were sued for infringing the privacy rights of users of Apple Inc.’s Safari Web browser by dodging computer settings designed to block monitoring of consumer’s online activity.

Google, world’s largest search engine company has been accused to circumvent the privacy settings in Safari that operates as the main web browser on Apple’s range of iPhone and iPad products. The lawsuit was filed Feb 17 by the lawyers of an Illinois man in federal court in Delaware.


“Google’s willful and knowing actions violated” federal wiretapping laws and other computer-related statutes, attorneys for Matthew Soble said in the complaint.

Google has been under immense pressure and scrutiny of consumer advocates for its ways of dealing with personal information. Last year it agreed to settle claims with the Federal Trade Commission for having used deceptive methods and violating its own privacy policies at the launch of Buzz, its social networking service in 2010.

Chris Gaither, a spokesman for Mountain View, California- based Google, said in an email that the company declined to comment on the suit’s allegations.

Google programmers generated codes allowing them to circumvent settings created by Cupertino, California-based rival Apple Inc., researchers at Stanford University said.

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