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Microsoft claims Google undermined Internet Explorer privacy settings

By Stephen C. Webster

Following a Wall Street Journal report last week which revealed that search giant Google had developed a way to bypass privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser, the head honchos at Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) division started wondering if their competitor was doing the same to them.

As it would turn out, they absolutely are, according to a lengthy explanation published Monday by IE corporate vice president Dean Hachamovitch.

“We’ve found that Google bypasses the P3P Privacy Protection feature in IE,” he wrote. “The result is similar to the recent reports of Google’s circumvention of privacy protections in Apple’s Safari Web browser, even though the actual bypass mechanism Google uses is different.”