Google made news in a big way last week with the revelation that they had engineered an exploit that circumvented privacy settings in Safari (desktop and iOS versions) in order to allow their ads to set tracking cookies on users’ computers. Google responded quickly to the Wall Street Journal’s report, saying that the workaround was solely intended for users who were signed into Google services and who had checked the necessary boxes saying they wanted to see personalized advertising. The fact that other advertisers were able to exploit the same workaround and plant tracking cookies of their own was, Google said, an unintended side effect.
There is no word yet on whether the FTC has responded to the three congressmen’s letter, or whether they intend to launch an investigation. A request sent to the FTC for comment has not yet received a response.