Friday, March 16, 2012

Google faces fresh privacy investigations in Europe and U.S. after 'bypassing' security to spy on iPhone users...Not that it will make much difference

Google is to face new investigations in both America and the EU over using hidden computer code to violate iPhone users' privacy settings.

The search giant is alleged to have 'tricked' the web browser in iPhone, iPad and PC into sending information to Google.

The information was used to build up advertising profiles on Google account users, and caused outrage among privacy groups.

Google has faced increasing public hostility over its use of private data this year after its new 'privacy policy' allowed wholesale sharing of people's information.

The search giant is to be investigated by America's Federal Trade Commission over whether the 'trick', uncovered earlier this year, violates agreements about openness and privacy.

The current European Union probe into Google's new privacy policy will also investigate the practice, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Google has since stopped using the code. Read More