Jonathan Mayer, the researcher who first uncovered Google’s circumvention of Safari’s cookie privacy settings:
Apple’s purpose was not messing with Google. The default cookie
blocking feature that Google circumvented was implemented in
Safari 1.0, which shipped in 2003 — long before Google was in the
third-party display advertising business, and long before
relations between the companies soured over smartphones.
Furthermore, Safari has repeatedly been a pioneer in browser
privacy. Safari 1.0 included a simple “privacy reset” choice
for clearing browser settings; the other major browsers followed
with similar features. Safari 2.0, released in 2005, was the
first browser to provide a “private browsing” mode; again, all
the other major browsers followed.
Overall, a rather scathing indictment of Google’s explanation for its behavior here.
★ Saturday, 25 February 2012