Microsoft attacked Google for going around the security of Internet Explorer

A major problem has broken out between Google on one side, and Apple and Microsoft on the other. The trouble is that Google is accused of breaking the settings in Apple’s Safari and Microsoft Internet Explorer to prevent users’ browsing habits. Google is said to pass the settings to target their advertising more precisely.

After the accusations turn back and now Google says that Microsoft’s security settings in Internet Explorer is outdated. Both Internet Explorer and Safari are preset to block third party cookies, cookies. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer do allow third party cookies if the site presents a policy, called P3P, which describes how the site will use them. According to Microsoft, Google trick the browser into thinking that such a policy has been presented.

– We have found that Google is passing P3P security settings in Internet Explorer. The result is similar to that Google does in Safari, writes Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft’s director of Internet Explorer, in a blog post.

Google’s director of policy and communications, Rachel Whetstone, has now responded to the criticism in an email. Modern web features, such as Facebook’s like button would stop working if everyone followed Micrsofts policy.

Google, along with sites such as Facebook, have been openly critical of P3P, which is not supported by any major browsers more than Internet Explorer. Rachel Whetsone also referred to a statement from Facebook where they said that P3P standard is outdated and can not be used with today’s technologies. World Wide Web Consortium, which developed the standard, stopped working on it several years ago.


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