The tension between Apple and Google is rising, that’s for sure. In this latest episode, Google have been put under investigation for bypassing Safari’s privacy settings, The Wall Street Journal reports. Google stopped the practice after being contacted by the WSJ last month, the report also reveals.
As the Wall Street Journal explains:
The investigations—which span U.S. federal and state agencies, as well as a pan-European effort led by France—could embroil Google in years of legal battles and result in hefty fines for privacy violations. The Journal in February reported that Google was using special computer code to install tiny tracking files, or “cookies,” on some people’s computers, iPhones and iPads, even if the devices were set to block this kind of tracking.
A Google spokeswoman also commented:
“We will of course cooperate with any officials who have questions, but it’s important to remember that we didn’t anticipate this would happen, and we have been removing these advertising cookies from Safari browsers.”
With all the incidents in recent months involving these two superpowers, I wouldn’t be at all surprise if we see a complete split between them much sooner than expected.